STAMP IT OUT; McInnes' Plea after Increase in Racial Abuse; END RACISM IN OUR GAME, URGES MCINNES

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STAMP IT OUT; McInnes' Plea after Increase in Racial Abuse; END RACISM IN OUR GAME, URGES MCINNES


Byline: BRIAN MARJORIBANKS

DEREK McINNES is leading the calls to stamp racism out of football after a worrying rise in players being abused at Scottish matches.

Hearts have issued indefinite bans to two fans for allegedly racially abusing Motherwell's Christian Mbulu at the weekend.

Police Scotland made two arrests at Tynecastle following Hearts' 1-0 win, after Mbulu was allegedly subjected to sickening taunts from a section of the home support as he warmed up.

It is the third such incident to hit Scottish football in recent weeks.

Falkirk's Dennon Lewis claimed he was abused by his own fans during their Scottish Cup defeat to Stenhousemuir, while Celtic's Scott Sinclair was targeted by an Aberdeen supporter during the Betfred Cup final.

South of the border, meanwhile, Chelsea have suspended four people from attending matches following allegations that Raheem Sterling was racially abused at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. And last night Aberdeen manager McInnes said: 'That's been two or three things in quick succession and that's pushed it back to the forefront. It has to be at the forefront, if it's still there. 'Any sort of discrimination in football has to be stamped out and we've got to make sure we are the bigger voice in that.

'It's so disappointing when you hear that it's still relevant in this day and age.

'We've spoken often enough about how it was normal practice a few generations ago. It was wrong then and it was vilified then. But it shows there is still work to be done. 'It is still a minority but it's not acceptable. Clubs do an awful lot. Certainly we do a lot to support anti-racism campaigns. We feel that we are a club for all, we try to embrace all aspects of our community.' PFA Scotland chief Fraser Wishart has called on increased education to kick racism out of the game, saying: 'It is incredibly disappointing to see the recent rise in verbal racist attacks in Scottish football. …

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