Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend calls for racists to face jail time after another weekend of football shame


Kick It Out’s Troy Townsend calls for racists to face jail time after another weekend of football shame

Kick It Out campaigner Troy Townsend has called on authorities to put racist football fans behind bars following more disgraceful scenes on the weekend.

A Brentford supporter was arrested for racially abusing Derby midfielder Duane Holmes, while police are also investigating a sickening message sent to wing back Nathan Byrne on social media.

Northampton have also revealed that a number of their first-team squad were abused ahead of their game at Notts County as they went on a pre-match walk.

Holmes reported the abuse during Derby’s 3-3 draw at Griffin Park

Last week an amateur cup game was abandoned when one player was abused, which came days after Juventus teenager Moise Kean was targeted by Cagliari fans.

The problem appears to be worsening with each passing week, and Townsend insists it won’t stop unless serious action is taken.


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“Some of it has nothing to do with the game. Some of it is just downright offensive to the point that some of these people need to be arrested and locked up until they do understand the impact of what they’re saying,” he told talkSPORT.

“I applaud the players who are taking a stance and not just accepting it.