One MUM shared how she was “disgusted” after her 12-year-old son was racially abused by another parent at a teenage soccer game.
Adele Thaxter, 36, said her mixed-race son Lucas Roberts was “shaking” when he was called by another young player and his parents racial slurs during the game.
Mother-of-three Adele said: “He’s handled one of their players a couple of times, he says there’s been some shoving and shoving.
“When he dealt with one of their players again near the end, he was called the ‘N’ word.
“There was a scuffle and some of our parents tried to stop it.
“The mother of the boy he was having an altercation with was screaming ‘get away from him, child. P**i.
“He was in tears, he was shaking. He was really upset about it.
“He was brought home by his friend’s father, who was in tears at what had happened. He felt like he couldn’t help Lucas.”
When the mother filed a complaint with police, Doncaster-based Edlington White Stars denied the allegation and she was told officers did not have enough evidence to act.
But the charges have been submitted to Sheffield and Hallamshire FA for review.
She claims the FA has now told her the club will face charges and possibly face disciplinary action including an equality course.
However, the club insists they have no cases to respond to and face no charges.
The incident allegedly happened in April while Lucas was playing for the Hyde Park Knights U12 team.
Adele said other team coaches apologized, but when the racial abuse case was reported to police, club officials declined to identify the parent involved.
She added: “The police said the only way they could conduct the investigation was to arrest the boy and question him and I didn’t want that.
“It’s not his fault. He needs an education, not a criminal record.
“If his mother happily shouted that in public, what would his life be like at home?
“One of the managers of the club reported it to the FA. I have contacted the FA and made an argument.
“They don’t really deal with parents but I think I made the case forcefully so it was accepted.
“It took a long time but they have told me they have charged the club and they will have to take an equal course and pay the fine.”
After the police investigation turned up no charges, the club posted on social media that it had been “cleaned”.
They posted: “At a recent game, an allegation of racist comments was made by an opposing team against an Edlington White Stars player.
“This allegation has caused undue stress and trauma to the club and the alleged player, his parents and the team.
“As a club, we have been waiting until now to release a statement while the investigations are going on and at the request of the police to reduce the amount of gossip on social media. festival.”
Adele said the statement added to Lucas’ pain because it “made them a victim”.
She said the club missed an opportunity to acknowledge the incident and address the issue of racism.
She said: “This is an opportunity for them to admit there is a problem and address racism in youth football. Instead, they sweep it under the carpet.
“The worst thing for Lucas is the statement they put online. It says they are presumed innocent and there is no case to answer.
“He’s somewhere where they have to protect him.
“I feel angry, I feel helpless. I grew up in the 80s and 90s and experienced racism, you don’t expect the same thing to happen to your kids.
“I feel like when you speak up about it, you shut up and these people make you a liar.
“I’m glad the FA is taking this action. The most important message to me is that I want to give people the confidence to stand up and speak out about racism.”
It is understood that the Edlington White Stars will now have to answer the charges against them ahead of an investigation that will determine sanctions against the club.
Sheffield and Hallamshire FA and Edlington White Stars have both been contacted for comment.
A club spokesman declined to comment other than to say that the club is not facing any action.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16982343/son-football-match-racially-abused-another-parent-disgusted/ I took my 12-year-old son to a soccer game where he was racially abused by another parent.