Clyde Have Offered No Apology to Rabin Omar. No Regrets nor Any Condemnation. Nothing at All to Convey How Seriously They Took the Fact That One of Their Players Had Subjected an Opponent to Racial Abuse. It's SHAMEFUL

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Clyde Have Offered No Apology to Rabin Omar. No Regrets nor Any Condemnation. Nothing at All to Convey How Seriously They Took the Fact That One of Their Players Had Subjected an Opponent to Racial Abuse. It's SHAMEFUL


Byline: Follow on Twitter @mcgowan_stephen Stephen McGowan

IN a glossy document selling the benefits of fan ownership, Clyde push one element above all others.

A sense of belonging. An influence and a voice in the decisions the club make.

At the bottom of the page is the clincher, the tug at the heart strings. A line in bold red capital letters promising: 'EQUALITY AT ALL TIMES.' It's a strong mission statement.

A bold, assertive message for the diversity age.

And one which completely flies in the face of the club's slap on the wrists for race-hate forward Ally Love earlier this week.

Last year, Clyde chairman Norrie Innes used three words to defend the club after they overlooked the fact striker David Goodwillie had been convicted of rape by a civil court and signed him anyway.

By swimming against the tide, Innes claimed the club had shown 'courage and conviction.' One word is all it takes to describe their decision to stand by Love. Shameful.

SHAMEFUL On January 2, the Bully Wee debutant called Annan Athletic midfielder Rabin Omar a 'P*** b******' during a League Two game in Cumbernauld.

Finding him guilty, an independent SFA judicial panel banned the former St Mirren attacker for five games.

By any standard, it was an inadequate punishment. The kind of ban handed down to Neil Lennon for shouting at referees.

But grant the SFA this. Once they appointed a judicial panel it was out of their hands. They did what they could.

And Clyde would no doubt say the same. If Clyde were saying very much at all.

In most lines of work, calling someone a 'P*** b******' would be considered gross misconduct.

Grounds for an immediate sacking.

But Clyde conducted their own investigation. And ended the process with a terse eight-line statement containing a vague promise of disciplinary action.

The word 'racism' wasn't mentioned once. There was no apology to Omar (right), no condemnation or expression of regret. Nothing at all to convey how seriously they took the fact that one of their own players had subjected an opponent to racial abuse during a game of football.

There was a promise to provide 'adequate training and support in the areas of managing Conflict and Equality and Diversity'. …

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