Racist chanting at Fratton Park is being investigated

Reading's Nick Blackman celebrates a goal by Garath McCleary in the match at Pompey.
Reading's Nick Blackman celebrates a goal by Garath McCleary in the match at Pompey.
Jack Whatmough, centre, was gaffer for a day Josh Sweetmans Pompey man of the match from Saturdays draw against Walsall

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  • Racist chanting was heard at Pompey’s match on Tuesday
  • Abuse was directed towards reading striker Nick Blackman
  • The Football Association are investigating
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RACIST abuse hurled at a Reading player at Fratton Park is being investigated by the Football Association.

The FA has asked both Reading FC and Pompey about the abuse directed towards striker Nick Blackman during the first half of Tuesday’s match, which saw the home side defeated 2-1.

Blackman reported the abuse to referee Gavin Ward, who then informed stadium stewards.

Police Superintendent Kelly Whiting said no formal complaint had yet been made.

Supt Whiting said: ‘Match officials raised concerns at half time about chanting believed to be directed towards a player from Reading and police officers were deployed appropriately to assist stewards with this issue.

‘Further chanting was not heard and officers were not required to take any action.

Match officials raised concerns at half time about chanting believed to be directed towards a player from Reading

Kelly Whiting

‘Hampshire Constabulary has a zero tolerance approach towards verbal abuse which could be seen as racist or homophobic in these circumstances, however no individual was identified.’

Blackman went onto score a goal in the second half to equalise Conor Chaplin’s earlier strike.

Pompey have urged supporters to report anyone responsible for abuse.

In a statement, the club said: ‘Following reports of alleged racist abuse at the Capital One Cup fixture against Reading, and in an attempt to fully investigate the allegations that have been made, Portsmouth Football Club would like to ask any supporters who may have witnessed any such incidents to contact us.

‘Please note that any communication will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

‘You can contact the club by calling (023) 9273 1204 or emailing Johnny Moore – our supporters’ liaison officer – at johnnymoore@pompeyfc.co.uk

‘Portsmouth Football Club would like to remind all supporters that we have zero tolerance towards any discriminatory behaviour.

‘On a matchday, fans can anonymously report any anti-social behaviour by texting 07500 778844 or by downloading the Kick It Out app.’