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Two arrests made after racial abuse incident during FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town

Police have charged two men after investigating racial abuse incidents during an FA Cup match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town on Saturday.

The arrests were made on Monday morning on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault, with a 23 and 26 year-old now in custody at a station in Somerset.

A statement has been released by the Metropolitan Police that says: “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, October 19.

“The men – aged 23 and 26 – were arrested in Chard and Yeovil on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.”

Players representing Haringey were brought off the pitch by their manager Tom Loizou, something which the England national team decided against doing after their controversial tie in Bulgaria last week.

The FA Cup fourth qualifying round saw Haringey goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajet spat at the forefront of the abuse after being spat at and hit by an object.

Aki Achillea, the club’s chairman described what happened as ‘soul-destroying’.

He said: “I am of the view that we had no choice. We could not carry on and play football”.

With Haringey players leaving the field of play, the match was abandoned and was therefore left in the hands of the Metropolitan Police to investigate.

The police have urged anyone who was at the match that has any further information should get in contact on 101 quoting CAD 5272/19 Oct.

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