Pompey racism probe: Club urges 'consideration' over social media use as investigation continues

BOSSES at Pompey are continuing to probe racist messages from an under-18 academy Snapchat group chat.
Fratton Park. Picture: Levi AllenFratton Park. Picture: Levi Allen
Fratton Park. Picture: Levi Allen

Portsmouth Football Club this afternoon warned its probe must adhere to safeguarding processes as those involved in the investigation are under 18.

The club is urging people to show ‘consideration’ in using social media ‘in this sensitive matter’.

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A Blues spokesman said: ‘Portsmouth Football Club are continuing with the investigations into the discriminatory messages that were circulated on social media yesterday and which originated from an Academy U18 private group chat.

‘Because the players are aged under 18, it is important that the appropriate processes – particularly in regard to safeguarding – are adhered to throughout the investigations and that we conduct these in a fair, proper and consistent manner.

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‘In respect of our safeguarding responsibilities and on behalf of all parties involved, we would respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media concerning this sensitive matter.

‘A full statement will be released by the club once all these processes have been completed.

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‘We would like to reiterate that we will not tolerate racism or any form of discrimination at Portsmouth Football Club.

‘We will take appropriate action whenever and wherever we witness any such behaviour, whether at the club or on social media.’