An allegation of racist abuse has been made following Barrow AFC’s National League home match against Altrincham.

It has been alleged that Altrincham FC midfielder Josh Ginnelly was subject to a racist remark directed at him from the Ray Wilkie stand at Holker Street yesterday.

The North West Evening Mail understands Mr Ginnelly made the complaint to fourth official Natalie Aspinall, who informed other match and club officials in the debrief.

Investigations by Cumbria Police and Barrow AFC have been launched.

Russ Dodd, secretary at Barrow AFC, said: “The clubs obviously will be investigating seriously.

“There’s no place for this in football. It’s something that we deplore.”

Mr Dodd said there would be a “three pronged investigation”, with police, the club and the Football Association all looking at the alleged incident.

PC Craig Barrass, football intelligence officer for Barrow AFC, was at Holker Street on Saturday and spoke with Mr Ginnelly.

PC Barrass said: “He reported it to the officials so they have reported it to the FA.

“We take [allegations] seriously as does the club.”


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