Milton Keynes Dons are aware of an alleged racist comment directed towards one of our players, during the first half of Tuesday’s Papa John’s Trophy tie with Walsall.
The Club was appalled to learn of this incident and we appreciate the swift response from Walsall and West Midlands Police in contacting us and Thames Valley Police regarding the matter.
We strongly support their plans to investigate and we encourage anyone with information that could help identify the individual to come forward to Walsall Football Club or West Midlands Police.
It is distressing that racist incidents are continuing to occur in our game. Racist and discriminatory behaviour towards any player, official, staff member or supporter is completely unacceptable, and has no place in football or our wider society.
The EFL recently launched its new Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy ‘Together’, which aims make to make the League and its Clubs more reflective and representative of the communities in which they serve.
Providing a framework for the EDI work of the EFL and its 72 Clubs for the next five years, the headline objectives of the strategy are:
· Ensure the workforce is representative and reflective of the communities its Clubs represent
· Improve the diversity of supporters attending EFL matches
· Continue to challenge discrimination and behaviour both in stands and across social media
· Establish a path for continual EDI development for Clubs
· Improve the understanding of EDI across the game
Together branding appears on the sleeve badges of all EFL shirts and will do for the remainder of the 2022/23 season.