TIGERS: Holbeach call for action in racism row

Despicable jibe: Holbeach United allege that Wes Lewis (left) was racially abused at Rothwell last weekend.

Despicable jibe: Holbeach United allege that Wes Lewis (left) was racially abused at Rothwell last weekend.

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HOLBEACH United have alleged that midfielder Wes Lewis was racially abused in last Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Rothwell Corinthians.

The Tigers’ midfielder was sent off in injury time for reacting to a despicable jibe from a Rothwell player, which went unnoticed by the referee.

But Lewis, who now faces a suspension, has the full backing of both Holbeach and boss John Chand – and a letter of complaint has been sent to both the United Counties League and the Lincolnshire FA.

Holbeach supremo Chand hit out at the player in question, insisting there is no place for racism in the modern game.

He said: “We don’t condone Wes’s reaction, but he was clearly racially abused.

“A number of my players heard what was said and it was right in his face, so it’s not too surprising that he’s taken offence.

“Wes is a big lad, but he’s one of the quieter guys in the dressing room. It’s rare that he’d react like that.

“There’s simply no place for racism in the modern game, it’s something that has been stamped out in recent years.

“With FIFA and UEFA always campaigning against racism, I hope our letter is taken seriously.”