Two men arrested for racial abuse in Haringey Borough vs Yeovil FA Cup tie

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed two men have been arrested on Monday morning following reports of racist abuse during an FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town.

The men — aged between 23 and 26 — were arrested in Chard and Yeovil on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.

The fourth-round tie was abandoned on Saturday after Haringey walked off the pitch after racist abuse was aimed at goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat by Yeovil supporters.

Both men were taken into custody at a police station in Somerset.

Pajetat, who is from Cameroon, told BT Sport that he was racially abused by fans, and that they had thrown objects and spat at him.

A spokesperson for the FA later tweeted: “We are deeply concerned about the allegation of discrimination from an area of the crowd towards a player during the FA Cup fourth-round qualifying match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town, which resulted in the fixture being abandoned.”

The incident comes days after England players were subjected to racist abuse during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia.

Bulgaria FA president Borislav Mihaylov and head coach Krasimir Balakov both resigned from their respective positions following the incident.

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