Sheffield United’s comprehensive 3-1 win over Bradford City was marred by ugly scenes in the home terraces, as a section of the Blades supporters allegedly chanted racial slurs directed at the away support, according to ITV News.
A small number of Sheffield United supporters, located just to the corner of the away end, allegedly chanted “You’re just a town full of ISIS” to the Bradford City supporters.
The Football Association has confirmed that they are investigating this issue, and “looking into the matter”. It is probable that supporters found guilty of this offence will be prosecuted, and will face criminal charges.
English football has encountered multiple racially driven incidents similar to this one, most recently when Chelsea-supporting thugs pushed a black man off a train in Paris, chanting “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it.”
On the pitch, United dominated this well-anticipated Yorkshire derby, with Billy Sharp, Connor Sammon, and David Edgar all getting on the score sheet. The Blades now sit 8th and a point adrift the play off positions, while Bradford are 10th.
Bradford City are yet to comment on the matter but Sheffield United have released a statement saying the following:
“Sheffield United is currently investigating reports of inappropriate behaviour by a small minority of supporters during Monday’s Sky Bet League One encounter with Bradford City.
The Club has received complaints about both sets of fans from the fixture – including a number of contradictory reports.
The Blades will take every step to track down and deal with those responsible for any inappropriate actions, which ruin the matchday experience for other supporters.
Sheffield United is an inclusive family and community orientated Club where everyone is made to feel welcome and it endeavours to improve on this principle year on year.
The Club’s official website carries a Customer Charter and an Equality Statement which emphasises its commitment to eliminate discrimination.”