The Football Association is looking into an allegation from Mansfield that their captain Krystian Pearce suffered racist abuse during the club’s pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday.
The Stags confirmed they had been in touch with both the FA and Nottinghamshire Police regarding an alleged incident during their 2-1 win on Tuesday.
The FA said in a statement: “The FA can confirm that the match referee was made aware of an allegation during the Mansfield v Sheffield Wednesday game on Tuesday July 24 and subsequently reported this to the FA, which has begun making enquiries into the matter.”
The game ended with an ugly 22-man brawl and after the game Mansfield boss David Flitcroft claimed something had “riled” Pearce.
He told the Sheffield Star: “With seven or eight minutes to go Pearcey was visibly upset with something, so I got him off the pitch.
“Pearcey has a character and a calmness about him as everyone can see. Supporters around here have known him longer than me.
“He has a calmness and assurance when playing football. But something riled him. Something rattled him and I was worried that, with him looking so wound up, he might do the wrong thing.
“So I got him off the pitch – sensible management in a pre-season game when there are no points to play for.”
A statement from Mansfield confirming they had reported an allegation added: “The club has liaised with Kick It Out and will not be making any further comment until the investigations are concluded.”
Kick It Out said in a statement on its Twitter feed: “The allegation made by @mansfieldtownfc’s captain Krystian Pearce is extremely serious and we have offered our support to the club. It is vital that the incident is thoroughly investigated by the Police and @FA.”
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