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SRtRC support Jason Euell after alleged racist abuse

Show Racism the Card patron Jason Euell was allegedly racially abused during last night's Carling Cup tie (Pic: Jason Euell with other SRtRC patrons Warren Barton, Robbie Earle and Rob Lee at Downing St May 2008)

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Jason is a footballer - it should not matter about the colour of his skin."
- Ian Holloway - Show Racism the Red Card patron and Blackpool FC Manager

Blackpool striker Jason Euell was interviewed by police after boss Ian Holloway claimed the striker was racially abused by Stoke fans.

Holloway revealed the incident after his side bowed out of the Carling Cup in the third round with a 4-3 defeat.

"There was one horrible moment when a racist remark was made to Jason by one supporter. I hope the fellow is banned for life," said Holloway.

"It is disgusting, but the stewards believed Jason and threw the guy out."

Holloway added: "People around the fellow should have said they were not putting up with what was said. It is wrong.

"I saw Jason's reaction and tried to calm him down. I thought these days were gone but maybe I am being naive.

"We do not want anything like that. Jason is a footballer - it should not matter about the colour of his skin."

Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC said "Jason Euell has been a patron of our charity for almost ten years. Our campaign has always insisted that as long as racism remains a problem in society it will come back to haunt football. This is yet another example of racism tarnishing the beautiful game and we support the views of Ian Holloway that action must be taken against the individual concerned. We are delighted that
Ian Holloway will be attending our Blackpool event on 6th October 2009 and showing his support for Show Racism the Red Card".

Staffordshire Police confirmed on Wednesday that a man was now in custody following the incident.

"A 47-year-old man remains in custody this morning after a complaint was received that a supporter had made racist comments to a visiting player," said a police spokesman.

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