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‘DIFFICULT TO THINK, RACISM BEHIND MY GOAL,’ FODERINGHAM

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WES FODERINGHAM has expressed ‘disgust’ at the racial abuse aimed at Celtic striker Scott Sinclair during the recent Premiership match at Ibrox which Celtic won 5-1.

Speaking at St. Saviour’s Primary School promoting the ‘Kick It Out’ anti-racism initiative, Foderingham had his say on the racism at that match.

“I didn’t know about it until after the game and found out through social media and the rest of it,” the Rangers keeper said. “I was disgusted and thought it was terrible.”

The Rangers goalkeeper, 26, claims that a small minority of fans are responsible for the disgusting scenes on social media and at the Ibrox match on April 29th which have seen 2 racist fans arrested and banned by the club, “It’s one or two fans who have ruined the atmosphere, ruined the game and tarnished the support.”

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Foderingham praised the club for their swift action in banning those that were spotted by cameras making horrific and shameful gestures towards Sinclair.

“The majority of the Rangers fans don’t condone it, Rangers as a club don’t condone it and neither do the players. “The individuals have been dealt with by the club and hopefully it’s just an isolated situation.

“It’s surprising to see in this day and age but it’s been dealt with accordingly and what we don’t want to happen is for it to reflect on Rangers in any way shape or form.

“The club does a lot of work in the community to try and raise awareness through the ‘Follow With Pride’ initiative. It’s something the club doesn’t condone.

The goalkeeper, that arrived at Rangers from Swindon in 2015, has played 76 times for the Light Blues after his arrival in Glasgow.

“Since I’ve moved up to Scotland the fans have been brilliant. There’s been nothing on the football pitch.

“I haven’t spoken to Scott about what happened, but I’m sure he’s upset about it. It’s a difficult thing to deal with and I hope he is okay.

“It happened near my goal so it’s difficult, but if there is a bit of hope then it’s that it’s an isolated incident.”

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Sinclair continued to suffer from racist abuse after the match online on social media.

The newly crowned PFA Scotland Player of the Year has, however, received support from the Celtic supporters both online and in the stands, especially after the St Johnstone match last Saturday, where he received a standing ovation.

Foderingham, who is one of the Next 20 ‘Kick It Out’ ambassadors, hopes that the racism at Ibrox is an isolated incident in the Scottish game.

“It’s one or two fans who’ve maybe had too much to drink and gone a step too far but we need to deal with it and the club has dealt with it.

“It’s a positive that the club acted so quickly and taken the action that they did.

“You don’t want to see this type of thing in sport or society. The club have done the correct thing by dealing with it quickly.”

In his role as an ambassador for Next 20 ‘Kick It Out’, Foderingham is touring schools to increase awareness of what the organization does.

“You can only hope that in the future we make strides and in the last 50 years there have been massive strides and hopefully that will continue.”

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The ‘keeper also discussed his own problems with racial abuse in football, which took place in England.

“The first time I ever experienced racism personally was after I had played a game at Morecambe.

“The lad was no older than 16-years-old.

“I was a little bit shocked at the time and unsure how to handle it.

“I confronted him and asked why he was saying what he had and he couldn’t give me an answer.

“That was the only time I have personally experienced racism on a football pitch.

“That’s why we do campaigns such as ‘Kick It Out’. When Rangers hold these type of days then it can only help. We go and visit schools and football clubs to try and raise awareness and it’s been brilliant.”

 

 

 

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