As the national press and media talk about events in Bulgaria. The FA here in the UK have charged Hartlpool United with misconduct after their National League match against Dover. The match was held up by an allegation of racist abuse.
Raj Singh, the owner of the Prestige Group is also the Hartlepool United owner. It was a minority of ‘Pool fans who caused the game to be stopped. Raj Singh who has been involved with Hartlepool for a number of years must have sunk in his seat as the incident hit the national press. A club owned by a man of colour seeing his own fans abuse another person of colour must have shaken him to the core.
Dover’s Inih Effiong was reportedly racially targeted by a group of fans during their 2-0 win on 21 September. Hartlepool are alleged to have failed to ensure its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The club have until Tuesday 5 November to respond to the charge.
In a statement, Pools say they look forward to a fair hearing and are determined to “set the example on how to respond to matters such as this.”
“We will continue to explore all avenues of education and improvement in that regard,” it said.
“In previous statements, we’ve made clear our condemnation of individuals’ behaviour during the fixture and have continued to underline our position on discrimination or abuse of any kind through our actions rather than words.”
The game was held up for 10 minutes and then Hartlepool boss Craig Hignett – who was sacked on 10 October – and Dover manager Andy Hessenthaler said after the match they had discussed taking their teams off the pitch.