QPR CEO Lee Hoos has called upon UEFA to take a tougher stance against racism in football after the club’s Under 18s were forced to abandon a fixture owing to abuse from opposition players.
Paul Furlong’s youngsters played AD Nervion FC last Thursday (8th August) as part of their pre-season tour of Seville.
During the second half, a number of the QPR players were subjected to racist abuse.
In line with a protocol which was discussed and agreed by our Under 18s during a recent equality & diversity session with Kick It Out, one of the QPR players informed Furlong.
Furlong subsequently instructed his players to leave the field.
Hoos said: “We take a very strong stance against racism and will not tolerate one of our players being subjected to the despicable comments experienced.
“I applaud Paul Furlong and his staff for reacting in such a manner and doing everything within their powers to protect the players.
“I am also very proud of our Under 18s who showed such maturity in the face of unacceptable provocation.
“Had this incident occurred in England I have no doubts the issue would be dealt with swiftly with a strong punishment by the FA.
“Unfortunately, it seems some countries have a long way to go in this respect and I urge UEFA to take the strongest possible action as incidents of this nature are happening far too often.
“At QPR we must not, and will not, stand for it.
“We have made many great strides in tackling racism in football but sadly there is still a long way to go.
“Racism in football is a reflection of problems within society and what’s incredible is that we were warned of similar alleged incidents that had taken place in the region before we played there.
“Should we have refused the fixture? Is that going to solve the problem or avoid it?
“Action must be taken at every level of our game, not just when it happens in front of the watching world.
“There is an opportunity here for UEFA to make a strong statement. I hope it is an opportunity they take.”
The club are in dialogue with the FA regarding this matter.