Reading manager Steve Clarke says that football cannot get complacent over racism in the game.
It comes after Royals winger Garath McCleary was allegedly racially abused during Reading’s FA Cup Quarter Final replay against Bradford City by one of the Bradford away fans. A comment was made as the Jamaican midfielder was lining up to take a corner.
McCleary was clearly upset by something which was said from one of the fans and notified the assistant referee who told the referee, and that lead to a 36-year-old man being ejected from the stadium at half time.
He was then arrested by Thames Valley Police on suspicion of indecent racist chanting under the Football Offences Act 1991. He’s now been bailed until April 16th.
Steve Clarke and Kick It Out have commended McCleary for the way he dealt with the situation, telling Get Reading: “All you can say is there is no room for complacency.
“Racism is a problem in society. It’s something that football is trying very hard to address.
“I thought the way Garath, the officials, the club and the police handled it was the way we want to see it handled.
“Everybody did their job properly and now if it goes to the courts then it’s up to them to do their jobs properly as well.”
McCleary scored the second goal in the tie after nine minutes of the tie, with a looping finish after a sublime piece of skill.
Robson-Kanu scored the first with a brilliant header to seal his third FA Cup goal this year. Jamie Mackie completed the rout with 20 minutes left with his rifled shot in the bottom right.
Reading are currently in 18th place in the Sky Bet Championship, having accumulated 44 points this season, and have a game in hand over all the other teams in the division.