Two men have been arrested in relation to the reports of racist comments made during a match between Haringey Borough FC and Yeovil Town on Saturday, 19 October. 

The men are aged 23 and 26 and have been arrested in Chard and Yeovil on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault police have revealed.

Aki Achillea, Chairman of Haringey said: “It is soul-destroying because of the effort we’ve put in to encourage so many people from our area, from so many cultures, to come and watch what we have on offer,” he added.

“If you look at the make-up of our team, we have six or seven Greek-Cypriots, I’m Greek-Cypriot, the manager is.

“We have a multitude of West Indians, Africans, Portuguese. We have virtually every nationality as part of the playing squad, and to see them have to be subjected to that, it is soul-destroying.

“Our players’ heads had gone, there were people with tears in their eyes in the dressing room. These are young kids and they shouldn’t be subjected to that.

“Ultimately the impact upon them was such that they couldn’t carry on and play football, because it’s gone beyond football.

“I’m really, really disappointed for the way it worked out for all of us. To have it wrecked by what was definitely a very small minority of people who attach themselves to the club and call themselves fans.

“But they’re not the real Yeovil fans, we know that.

“A lot of them spoke to us immediately after the game and sympathised with us, and effectively congratulated us on taking the stand we did.

“Their management, their chairman, their players, they were a credit to the club – it’s this small minority that have tarnished the name of Yeovil.”

The Met are leading the investigation with the assistance of Avon and Somerset police.

Anyone who was at the match who has any further information that can help assist officers with the investigation should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 5272/19 Oct

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