Haringey and Yeovil must replay FA Cup qualifying tie after racist abuse complaints | Football | Sport
The FA have confirmed Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town will be made to replay their fourth round FA Cup qualifying tie despite the home side’s players complaining of racial abuse.
Both teams left the field on Saturday after Haringey’s Coby Rowe was racially abused in the 64th minute, with Yeovil winning 1-0.
Haringey goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat had already reportedly been spat at and hit by an object thrown from the Yeovil Town end of the Coles Park stadium.
Subsequently two men – aged 23 and 26 – were arrested in Chard and Yeovil on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.
But with the police investigation ongoing, the FA were adamant they could not yet apply any of their own sanctions to either team.
Instead, their statement on Monday was a simple fixture announcement, with no detail yet on whether the game will be open to supporters from the two clubs involved.
“Following the incident in the original tie and the two arrests already made, the FA’s investigation is ongoing,” it read. “We are continuing to work with the relevant authorities on our investigation into the matter.
“The FA Challenge Cup Committee has made the decision for the original fixture to be replayed on Tuesday 29 October at Haringey Borough FC. In the event that a replay is required this shall be played on Tuesday 5 November.”
A statement released by Metropolitan Police on Monday confirmed the arrests of two men.
“Two men have been arrested this morning following an investigation into reports of racist comments made during a match between Haringey Borough FC and Yeovil Town on Saturday, 19 October,” it said.
“The men – aged 23 and 26 – were arrested in Chard and Yeovil on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.
“They are both in custody at a police station in Somerset.
“Officers from the Met are leading the investigation with the assistance of Avon and Somerset police.
“Anyone who was at the match who has any further information that can help assist officers with the investigation should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 5272/19 Oct.”