Wigan Athletic reported a “hate crime” to police on Saturday night after defender Nathan Byrne received a racist tweet having been falsely awarded the Latics’ equaliser against Bristol City.
Anthony Pilkington scored in the third minute of injury time for Wigan to earn a 2-2 draw at Ashton Gate, however the Press Association incorrectly awarded it to Byrne with his name then published as the official scorer on a host of websites including the BBC.
Soon after full-time, Byrne screen-shotted and published an abusive message from a Twitter account under the name @MaxGoodinson with Wigan confirming the matter is now with police.
Bristol Live have declined to print the message due to its offensive content.
The statement read: “Wigan Athletic Football Club are angered by racist abuse received on the personal Twitter account of one of our players, Nathan Byrne, on Saturday afternoon.
“We have reported the incident to the police and will work with the relevant authorities to assist them with their investigations.
“There is no place for discrimination in society and social media is not an exception to those rules. We find this behaviour abhorrent.
“The club has reported the abuse as hate crime and will work with the relevant authorities to ensure the actions of the person responsible are dealt with appropriately.”
The incident comes in a week which has seen England and former Bristol City defender Danny Rose claim the authorities are not doing enough to combat racism in football.
Rose was subjected to monkey chants during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month and although UEFA have issued a charge of racist behavior, the Tottenham wing-back is not confident a significant punishment will be issued.
Rose said: “How I programme myself is that I think I’ve got five or six more years left in football, and I just can’t wait to see the back of it.
“Seeing how things are done in the game at the minute, you just have to get on with it. There is so much politics in football. I can’t wait to see the back of it.”
In Italy on Tuesday, Juventus forward Moises Kean was racially abused after he scored for the Bianconeri at Cagliari.
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