Atherstone Town Players Have Their Say On Racism Storm

Atherstone Town’s players have spoken out about the club’s situation after Scott Rickards and Mike Fowler both resigned in the wake of an incident of racism at Saturday’s game with Stafford Town.

The pair held crunch talks with the Adders’ playing squad on Tuesday night after they and secretary Dave Turner walked away from the club.

And although no players will be leaving for now, the players are urging fans of the club to report any further abuse.

“Every single one of us condemns any form of racism and we will not accept or tolerate it,” a statement on Facebook reads.

“The recent racism amongst our own fans has left us disgusted and embarrassed to have to be associated with it. We understand that the culprits are under a lifetime ban from the ground, and the matter is now under police investigation.

Scott Rickards (Photo Credit: Gary McGuffog)

“We’d like to place on record that if anymore of this disgusting behaviour happens we will be unwilling to represent Atherstone Town CFC again.

“We appeal to the true Atherstone fans to continue to support the team but more importantly if you hear or are aware of any abuse, or blatant use of obscene language, to out the individual/s, because that is the only way the situation can improve.

“No further comment will be made on this matter.

“Finally, contrary to what people may think, we have not taken the decision to continue playing lightly. We have all worked very hard to get to this position and refuse to let mindless idiots destroy it for us.

“We respect the management’s stance on this matter but we feel it is not the only way to stand up for what we believe in.”

The statement comes after Atherstone chairman Brian Henney had promised to “take whatever action is necessary to eradicate this cancer within our club once and for all.”

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