Brighton & Hove Albion’s Maty Ryan has praised fellow goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat for walking off the field after suffering racial abuse in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup tie between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town.

The Cameroonian, playing for the hosts, was subjected to the abuse during the second half of Saturday’s contest, with both teams leaving the field and the game being abandoned in the 64th minute as a result.

Ryan said: “It was a powerful statement, but it’s a shame that we’re still speaking about the subject in this day and age.

“Full credit to everyone involved from both clubs and the individual himself to have the confidence to walk off the pitch with the support of everyone.

“It shows good unity from everyone involved to make a stand, as we continue to try and kick these problems out of the game.”

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