Following last Saturday's match between Tranmere Rovers and MK Dons, there have been a number of allegations and rumours circulating on social media regarding:
a) whether there was racist abuse of players during the match;
b) whether one of the MK Dons players threw an object at Tranmere supporters; and
c) a highly offensive image that was posted on Instagram.
These are matters which both clubs take extremely seriously and we have therefore been cooperating with each other to get to the bottom of all of them. We have now established that:
a) there was no racist abuse at the game heard by the players or any official/steward and nor has any supporter of either side complained that they heard any such abuse;
b) Following an investigation by both clubs, which included a review of CCTV and privately-filmed footage, it has been determined that Chuks Aneke only had an empty sweet wrapper in his hand as he made his way off the pitch. There is no conclusive evidence that he threw the sweet wrapper or, indeed, any other object, although clearly he was frustrated at general hostility as he left the pitch. Chuks has been advised by MK Dons that he should not allow his frustration to show, and Tranmere are looking into the feasibility of installing a tunnel to prevent hostility as players leave the pitch. Both clubs are satisfied that those matters have been dealt with sensibly and cooperatively and that no further action is merited.
c) The matter of the social media post has been taken very seriously and is being dealt with by the police with the cooperation of both clubs. At this stage it has not been determined if the accounts, or the person alleged to have created them, are connected in anyway with Tranmere Rovers.
Neither club will make any further comment on this whilst the police conduct their enquiries.