Leeds & West Yorkshire

Racism claims in Leeds junior football match

Lutel James
Image caption Coach Lutel James said: "For too long it has been ignored

The football authorities are investigating claims of racist abuse in a junior football match in Leeds.

Chapeltown Juniors U13 players said the abuse included being called a racially offensive word in a recent match.

Lutel James, the team's coach said: "The racism happens on a regular occurrence but it's one of those things that's easy not to talk about."

Daniel McGeachie of the West Riding County FA said: "Every case of this nature we take incredibly seriously."

The county FA has confirmed it is investigating the allegations.

Mr James said: "For too long it [racism] has been ignored but now we are seeing a new generation of young players coming through."

He called for the football authorities to look at an education process to help people "understand we are in a multi-cultural society".

A Facebook video has been posted of the young footballers detailing the offensive comments.

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