Tranmere Rovers have made a statement regarding reports of homophobic abuse aimed at Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Ryan Allsop during the League One clash between the two sides at Prenton Park yesterday.
The statement confirmed police had arrested a man and the matter currently under investigation. The club also said it took such cases very seriously and operated a zero-tolerance policy. It declined to make any further comment while the investigation was ongoing.
Allsop made the complaint at half-time to referee John Busby, who involved Merseyside Police during a game that was screened live on Sky.
Quoted in the Daily Mirror, Tranmere boss Micky Mellon said: ‘Obviously it is being dealt with properly. At the moment, we feel everything is being done that is necessary.’
‘It will play out the way people have to deal with it, and I am sure they will deal with it because Tranmere is a good football club.’
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth only heard about the incident after the match and was in full support of his player. He said: ‘That’s the first I’ve heard of it. But if that’s the case, there are some stupid idiots about, whether it’s racism or this, and we have to stamp it out.’
‘You’ve got to credit the players for taking it seriously and reporting it.’
Ainsworth’s view was backed up by the Chairboys in their own statement which commended Tranmere Rovers and the local police for their swift action before applauding Allsop for reporting the incident.
The FA confirmed they are investigating the matter and awaiting Busby’s match report before deciding what direction to take.
We reported some of the positive social media reaction straight after the news first emerged yesterday, choosing to ignore those supporters who see the alleged language as banter or somehow part of the game.
It is sad to see there are still those stating that opinion in reaction to Tranmere’s statement.
We will not publish such rubbish.
You do not have to look hard to find the reason behind the fact no player is willing to publicly ‘come out’ in the English professional game.
However, the whole debate about the use of language in any offensive or abusive way is part of a broader discussion in society and not just football’s problem.
People do not become homophobic or racist just for the ninety-minutes they are watching a game, and that is more than worrying in this day and age.