Ipswich Wanderers invited to Playford Road as Town show support for equality and inclusion campaign
Town’s game against Birmingham City tomorrow is the Club’s dedicated Kick it Out fixture.
Following recent high-profile incidents of discrimination, it is important that football responds at this challenging time, with the EFL and all 72 Clubs again reiterating that there is absolutely no place for racism in football or society.
Just last month, a local U18 fixture between Ipswich Wanderers and Framlingham Town was abandoned after one of Wanderers’ players was allegedly racially abused by a spectator.
Jonty Boon, Wanderers manager, made the decision to take his team off the field and as a result the match was abandoned.
Town showed their support for the individual and Ipswich Wanderers by inviting them to Playford Road to watch a first-team training session and meet the players and coaching staff this morning.
The Club have also invited Jonty and his players as guests of honour for tomorrow’s game. The Wanderers squad will display the Kick it Out banner as the Town and Birmingham players emerge from the tunnel at Portman Road.
Blues captain Luke Chambers spoke to iFollow Ipswich after meeting the Wanderers players today.
“First of all I’d like to say that I think the Wanderers manager did the right thing,” the centre-half said.
“If it ever happened to one of my players we would be straight off the pitch.
“Whether you’re playing football, working in an office or doing whatever in your life, racism is not acceptable. It’s quite simple.
“It doesn’t matter what race you are, where you’re from or what you believe in, you should be able to play the game you love. It’s ridiculous that we are even having these conversations but stamping it out of football completely starts with good initiatives like Kick It Out."