Haringey Borough chairman Aki Achillea has described Saturday’s FA Cup match against Yeovil Town that was abandoned following alleged racist abuse as “soul-destroying”.

The fourth qualifying round match at Coles Park saw the players walk off, led by boss Tom Loizou, in the 64th minute, shortly after Yeovil had gone 1-0 up via a penalty.

A subsequent post on Haringey’s official Twitter account said it had been abandoned following racist abuse, and their defender Coby Rowe wrote on his account that he had been a victim.

Achillea told the PA news agency that as well as Rowe receiving racist abuse from the crowd, Haringey goalkeeper Douglas Pajetat was spat on and had a bottle thrown at him.

And the chairman said: “It is soul-destroying because of the effort we’ve put in to encourage so many people from our area, from so many cultures, to come and watch what we have on offer.”

Read more: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/haringey-chairman-on-soul-destroying-alleged-racist-abuse-that-saw-fa-cup-match-with-yeovil-a4266176.html

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