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Newport footballer claims he was racially abused at Amex stadium
A footballer has claimed he was racially abused by an opposition fan during a match.
Newport County’s Aaron O’Connor described how he was racially abused during his team’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Capital One League Cup at The Amex on Tuesday night.
On the striker’s Twitter page, he said: “Mixed emotions from last night... Seeing ur friend break his leg, being racially abused, but a great result for everyone associated #UTC.”
The tweet provoked a flurry of response on the social media site, with some users questioning the validity of the allegation, to which O’Connor reacted by saying: “Go away mate, if ur ever racially abused lets see how u react. I’m done.”
At 5.32pm yesterday, the 29-yearold tweeted the incident had “all been reported”, but there is no live criminal investigation.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Weare aware that a Newport County player has said onTwitter that he was racially abused during the Brighton and Hove Albion vs Newport match on Tuesday, August 7.
“At this stage no report has been made to us about the allegation. An officer will contact Newport County to see if the player wishes to report a crime.”
O’Connor is nursing a groin injury, so was sitting on the bench next to manager Justin Edinburgh when the alleged incident took place.
Officers are also investigating three separate allegations from Albion fans who claim abusive comments were coming from the Newport County bench.
The game was also marred by Albion star Inigo Calderon receiving a red card for a challenge that left The Exiles’ Byron Anthony’s season in jeopardy with a double leg break.
Anthony required about seven minutes of treatment following the clash. When he was stretchered off after being given oxygen, sections of the crowd were heard to boo.
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