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Bolton Get Late Equaliser In Sour Circumstances

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It would have been nice to talk about football, but today’s match was overshadowed by the abuse, some of it racist, from behind the Wanderers dugout.

It would have been easy, and completely understandable for the players to walk off the pitch and refuse to come back. If anything though, there is something very sweet in coming back on, and Amadou Bakayoko equalising for a ten-man Bolton side in the 14th minute of added time.

Sharon Brittan said, “I completely stand by the actions of Ian and the rest of the staff, who were subjected to abuse throughout the game. However, when that abuse became racist he had no option but to make a stand against these completely unacceptable and disgraceful actions from a minority of the Morecambe supporters.

“I implore Morecambe Football Club to treat this matter very seriously because football needs to play its part in rooting out all forms of hatred and discrimination from society.

“Football is a game for all and what we witnessed today was shocking. We will ensure that our colleagues who were abused receive the care and support they need.”

Ian Evatt said, “Football is a highly emotional game and we should be talking about what happened on the pitch and not off it.

“Yet, what I heard today was beyond shocking. Never in all my years in football have I experienced what occurred today.

“Having vile things said to us throughout the game and being spat upon is bad enough, but when sickening racist comments were directed to my staff and players I had to make it clear that it was not acceptable.”

Hopefully, the perpetrators will be identified and dealt with appropriately.

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