Guiseley have released a statement condemning the racist abuse reported during the weekend’s National League North game with Gateshead.

Guiseley say they ‘strongly suspect that the abuse came from a visiting spectator, but unfortunately, in an unsegregated fixture, and without a witness identifying the culprit, we were unable to get the offender arrested.’

The club also state: “The incident was brought to the referee’s attention after continuous repetition of the same phrase towards the same player. Unfortunately, during the post-match meeting with the referee, he was informed of other incidents of repetitious abuse towards another Guiseley player.

“Both the player and the referee followed the correct FA protocol and both the reported and unreported incidents are logged in the referee’s report. We pass our thanks on to the officials, players and benches of both teams for their positive handling of this issue.

“The directors of Gateshead FC were made aware of the incident.”

Guiseley go on to add: “We advise anyone who may have heard the abuse to contact either club in the strictest confidence. If we, as fans and supporters of the club, truly wish to stamp out this heinous stain on football we need to make a stance.

“Rarely is a racist comment made in isolation, frequently they are repeated, lack of censure emboldens the bigot. If you hear any racist abuse, be it to a player, official or supporter, report it immediately to a member of club staff and we will take the relevant action.

“We at Guiseley AFC pride ourselves on being a welcoming, friendly club. Let us collectively make it a positive place for everyone to enjoy their sport.”

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