Portsmouth FC racism probe: Pompey launches disciplinary process after all under-18 Academy side were suspended during investigation

A DISCIPLINARY process has started at Pompey after racist Snapchat messages were posted in an under-18 Academy group chat, the club has said today.

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 8:29 am
Fratton Park aerial. Picture: Levi Allen

Portsmouth Football Club said it has now concluded its investigation into ‘discriminatory messages that originated from an Academy U18 private group chat’.

All members of the under-18 Academy were suspended during the probe – but those not involved in the disciplinary process are back training.

The messages referred to lynching and death threats after three black England players failed to score penalties in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.

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England stars Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka faced a torrent of racist abuse online after their shots against Italy.

Former Pompey stars Linvoy Primus and Vincent Pericard last week told The News anyone found to have been involved should be educated about racism.

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A Pompey spokesman today said: ‘A disciplinary process will now begin, which – in line with club policy and employment law – will last for a minimum of five working days.

‘All members of the U18 side were suspended while the investigation took place, but those who are not involved in the disciplinary process have now returned to training.

‘With that in mind and in regards to this sensitive matter, Portsmouth FC would continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of its employees and, indeed, any other external parties.

‘The club will not be commenting further until the disciplinary process is complete.’

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