A football team walked off the pitch in disgust after a racist slur was allegedly used against one of their players.
The match, between Aberdeen University FC (AUFC) and Kincorth AFC at Tullos, was abandoned after just 30 minutes following the claim of verbal abuse.
In a post on Facebook, the university described the remark towards one of their players as an “extremely offensive racial slur”.
The AUFC 2nd team players abandoned the Soccer World Division One (north) match in protest after the referee failed to take action.
AUFC would like to inform our fans that on Saturday, 20th of April, our 2nd team walked off the pitch and, subsequently,…
A spokesman for the university team said: “The AUFC committee was surprised to hear that despite almost every university player on the pitch hearing the abuse, the referee did not, therefore no actions were taken during the game.
“The club stands by the actions of the 2nd team, and we are taking necessary actions to assist the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association during the investigation. The club has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination in any form.
“We are deeply saddened by the events that took place on Saturday – racism has no place in society, let alone in a football match.”
He added: “Once the bank holiday ends and the investigation gets under way we will be taking the necessary action.”
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A spokesman for the Aberdeenshire Amateur Football Association said: “Any form of racism is unacceptable at any level of football. We await the referee’s match report.
“Therefore, it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage.”
A spokeswoman for Aberdeen University Students’ Association said: “Aberdeen University FC walked off the pitch and, subsequently, abandoned their game, due to the use of an extremely offensive racial slur against one of the university players.
“AUSA has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination in any form and will take all the necessary actions to support the AUFC in this matter.”
Kincorth AFC declined to comment on the claims.