South Shields have moved to distance themselves from a caller on LBC Radio who ‘expressed reprehensible views about the Black Lives Matter movement.’
The Mariners say the caller claimed to represent the club, but Shields have since clarified the following:
“After an internal investigation, we are certain that this disgusting individual is in no way connected to the club and wish to distance ourselves completely from the comments made as they in no way represent our views or beliefs. We stand in complete solidarity with the Black Lives Matter initiative and the charge to make the world a place which is free of oppression based on the colour of someone’s skin, and a place which provides equal opportunities for all.
“We also condemn the abhorrent comments made on LBC by the caller, who referred to himself as James, about a banner which was flown over the Etihad Stadium ahead of Manchester City’s game against Burnley on Monday. The caller also falsely claimed to have had a conversation with our joint-manager, Graham Fenton, about the topic.
“This is completely fabricated and simply untrue. The false allegation both enrage and appal Graham and everyone at the club. Graham is a real advocate of diversity and equality, and would never be associated with such views or comments as those made by the caller.
“We are inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all those battling to rid the world of racism and discrimination of all kinds.”
South Shields play in the Northern Premier Division, where last season they were cruelly denied promotion when the season finished early.