Falkirk player Dennon Lewis "racially abused" by own fans

Falkirk player Dennon Lewis in yellow (picture: Michael Gillen)
Falkirk player Dennon Lewis in yellow (picture: Michael Gillen)

Falkirk FC are looking into allegations of racist abuse being directed at one of their players by their "own supporters" during their Scottish Cup defeat to Stenhousemuir.

On Monday a statement on the club's website said they are "extremely disappointed" to learn of the abuse being directed at Dennon Lewis.

The statement said they "wholeheartedly condemn" the abuse and "will work to identify those responsible". The abuse came from fans in the main stand at Ochilview.

The club confirmed to the Falkirk Herald they were speaking with Police Scotland over the incident.

A statement on the club's website: "Falkirk FC is extremely disappointed to learn of racist abuse directed at Dennon Lewis by its own supporters during Saturday’s match against Stenhousemuir.

"As a club, we wholeheartedly condemn the abuse received by Dennon and will work to identify those responsible.

"The individuals in question were in the Main Stand of Ochilview Park on Saturday and anyone with any information is urged to contact the club on 01324 624121 in strictest confidence.

"Racist abuse towards anyone is simply unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated by Falkirk Football Club.

"Further to this, there has been a growing number of unacceptable incidents of abuse by Falkirk fans towards members of staff and players at our club.

"We have a duty of care towards our players and our staff and while we do appreciate that this season has fallen well below where we all hoped we would be, it is entirely unacceptable for supporters to abuse our players and staff. Many of these extremely personal attacks on individuals have been both verbal and online.

"The vast majority of Falkirk supporters have been exemplary in their behaviour and following of the team throughout what has to date been a difficult season for us all. It is in times like these that we must all pull together and continue to support Ray and his team in climbing the Ladbrokes Championship table."