Airdrieonians defender Rico Quitongo has claimed he was the victim of racist abuse by one of the club’s supporters in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Queen’s Park.
The 22-year-old said Airdrie would investigate the incident but “more needs to be done to change the cowards.”
“I can’t believe I’m writing this, but there you go… On Saturday, during my football game at Queen’s Park, I was racially abused by one of my own. Airdrie supporters, ”he said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
“Now, as I’m not surprised by this still in football, I’m more extremely disappointed to hear it from where a section where my family would normally sit.
“Fortunately my family weren’t there but it doesn’t make any difference it shouldn’t be in football and I absolutely don’t deserve to be personally abused for my skin color.
“I’m all for joking around with the fans etc, but I won’t tolerate it at all.
“I am proud to be black and proud to be who I am.
“I might not be the best footballer for the fans, but I shouldn’t be singled out.
“The club have an investigation going on and support me as much as they can, but you can’t always catch these idiots making these remarks, which upsets me.
“This is not a cry for sympathy, because it is the last thing I want, but more needs to be done to make the cowards change.”
The Airdrieonians have yet to comment on the incident.
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