novembre 29, 2023

Exeter Chiefs working with police over Ugo Monye’s ‘blatant racism’ allegations at Premiership Sandy Park clash | Rugby Union News

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Ugo Monye, who now works as a TV pundit, revealed on social media a supporter repeatedly targeted him with a racist insult after Exeter Chiefs’ victory over Gloucester; Exeter working with Devon & Cornwall Police over issues; RFU say it is ‘appalled’ by allegations

Last Updated: 20/11/23 9:11pm

Ugo Monye says he was a victim of ‘blatant racism’ at Exeter’s Sandy Park on Sunday

Exeter are working closely with police after former England international Ugo Monye accused a supporter of racist abuse following Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Gloucester.

The 40-year-old ex-Harlequins player, who was working as a pundit, claimed he was subjected to the « most blatant racism » he has heard as he was leaving Sandy Park.

Exeter have apologised to Monye and say CCTV footage which captured the incident has been passed to Devon and Cornwall Police.

« Exeter Rugby Club have been working closely alongside Devon & Cornwall Police following the reported incident of racial abuse, » read a club statement.

« We would like to say a big thank you to the huge number of people who have been in contact with the club with statements and information regarding the incident.

« We know that this behaviour is not representative of our fans.

« Exeter Chiefs have a zero-tolerance policy for behaviour of this kind, and we have acted as quickly as possible to ensure that this has been dealt with following the advice of all appropriate authorities. »

Monye wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that one supporter running through the crowd repeatedly shouted a racist insult.

He added: « Disgraceful. Not a single person said a word, challenged or even reported it.

« He walks off after a mild scuffle and fans are now telling me ‘We’re with you’ B******S you’re with me. You weren’t with me when you saw and heard the most blatant racism I’ve seen from a supporter at a live game. So fed up. »

Sky Sports News have contacted Devon & Cornwall Police for comment.

The Rugby Football Union said in its own statement on Monday: « We are appalled by the racist abuse Ugo Monye faced following the Exeter Chiefs game against Gloucester.

« Ugo is a great champion of rugby, inclusion, and diversity; he has our full support. Racism cannot be accepted in our sport.

« Rugby authorities, clubs, fans, players and volunteers must all act consistently and without tolerance to any form of abuse of discrimination. »

Premiership Rugby has also offered support to Monye and urged anyone with information to come forward.

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