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Bristol City investigate alleged fan racism vs Luton

Last Updated: 20/10/19 2:49pm

Following the alleged incident at Kenilworth Road, the club says it "naturally condemns all forms of abuse or racist language"

Following the alleged incident at Kenilworth Road, the club says it "naturally condemns all forms of abuse or racist language"

Bristol City are investigating reports of "racist language used in the away end" during their 3-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

It comes following the abandonment of an FA Cup qualifying game between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town as players walked off the pitch due to racist abuse.

Luton ended City's 10-game unbeaten run on Saturday, as Lee Johnson's side slipped to ninth in the table.

In a statement, the Robins said: "Bristol City Football Club has been made aware of allegations of racist language used in the away end at Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture at Luton Town's Kenilworth Road (October 19th).

"The club naturally condemns any form of abuse or racist language. Bristol City are a family club that celebrates its diversity and inclusivity.

"Action will be taken against anyone behaving in a racist manner at a Bristol City match, who has purchased their ticket or season card through the club as well as reporting them to the relevant authorities.

"The club are now fully investigating these reports and can assure supporters that appropriate action will be taken."

Luton have also confirmed they are aware of the allegations: "Further to national media reports of alleged racist language used in the away section of Kenilworth Road yesterday, Luton Town Football Club would like to make clear that we will support any investigation taking place between Bristol City and the authorities.

"Bristol City have released a club statement about the allegations and Hatters CEO Gary Sweet has already been in contact with his counterpart at Ashton Gate, Mark Ashton, to express our support and co-operation.

"Like the Robins, Luton Town are a family club that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and will not accept any discriminatory comments or behaviour at our matches."


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Eleven arrests at Leeds vs Birmingham

Last Updated: 19/10/19 10:00pm

Police say they made 11 arrests after crowd trouble broke out following Leeds' 1-0 win over Birmingham at Elland Road on Saturday.

Birmingham have confirmed they will investigate incidents of crowd disturbances after a section of the travelling support appeared to clash with police and stewards at full time.

West Yorkshire Police released a statement confirming that trouble broke out "inside and outside the ground" which resulted in several match stewards suffering minor injuries.

"Police enquiries are ongoing this evening following public order incidents at Saturday's football match involving Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road," a police statement said. "Leeds District Police are appealing for witnesses following disorder incidents inside and outside the ground after the fixture.

"They included a public order incident in the Birmingham City supporters stand at the end of the game and a subsequent public order incident in the coach park outside Elland Road.

"Police resources were deployed outside the ground between supporters during the incident which lasted for about 45 minutes before fans dispersed.

"Officers made 11 arrests in total, mainly for public order offences. Minor injuries were reported to several match stewards."

2:20 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Birmingham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds and Birmingham

Chief Inspector Jon Arrowsuch, Match Commander of the event, said: "Our enquires are ongoing into the incidents which took place at this afternoon's game.

"Police resources were deployed outside Elland Road and officers made 11 arrests in total for offences both inside and outside the ground. Clearly these were scenes no one would wish to see and we will be examining CCTV footage and working with both clubs as we investigate what took place.

"Anyone who has information about public order offences committed is asked to contact Leeds District Police on 101 referencing Police log 531 of October 19."

A Birmingham spokesperson told Sky Sports News: "The club and its safety team will be investigating what exactly happened in conjunction with the police and all relevant parties".

"As a club we have a zero tolerance policy towards anti-social behaviour and any subsequent actions taken by us will reflect that."


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Bowen off to winning Reading start

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium

Last Updated: 19/10/19 6:46pm

2:02 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Preston

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Preston

New Reading manager Mark Bowen saw his struggling side grab a dramatic 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Preston at the Madejski Stadium.

Centre-back Matt Miazga struck deep into stoppage time as the game appeared to be petering out into a goalless draw.

Victory sees the Royals move two points clear of the bottom three as they ended a winless league run dating back to August 24.

Bowen, 55, took over on Monday - his first permanent role as a manager - to replace the sacked Portuguese Jose Gomes.

Previously Reading's sporting director, he had spent most of his 20-year coaching career as No 2 to fellow former Wales international Mark Hughes.

Bowen inherited a team that were without a win in six league matches, including five defeats, under Gomes.

Preston, meanwhile, came into the match in third place in the table and were unbeaten in eight Championship games, winning five of them.

The visitors began the brighter, with full-back Andy Hughes causing problems when going forward on the left flank.

From a low Hughes cross, Tom Barkhuizen mis-controlled the ball in the six-yard area and allowed Reading goalkeeper Rafael to gather comfortably.

Preston continued to press but a dangerous free-kick from captain Paul Gallagher narrowly missed all the bodies in a crowded home area.

Reading finally got going in attack, with left-back Jordan Obita releasing striker George Puscas, but the Romania international tried an ambitious volley from a tight angle that flew over the crossbar.

John Swift then fired in a powerful 20-yard free-kick which Declan Rudd did well to tip around a post.

Preston responded when Barkhuizen set off on a mazy run along the right flank, only to finish with a weak effort at Rafael.

Pele replied for the hosts, sending in a superb low centre into the North End six-yard box. Puscas arrived to meet it but could manage only the slightest of touches and the chance went begging.

Reading upped the tempo before half-time but Rudd made solid saves to twice deny Ovie Ejaria.

Preston launched a rare attack early in the second half and should have gone in front.

Darnell Fisher crossed from the right and David Nugent, totally unmarked, nodded straight into the grasp of Rafael.

Ejaria again proved troublesome for Preston but he sliced over a clear opportunity from an Andy Yiadom centre.

But Reading snatched it at the end when Miazga followed up to net from close range after Rudd have saved from Jordan Obita.

What the managers said...

Mark Bowen: "When you get a last-gasp winner, a lot of managers - myself included - almost want to come in and say to the lads 'You've earned it, have a day off tomorrow. We'll start back on Monday'. But we can't do that, we've got catching up to do [in this league].

"Tomorrow will be a normal day as usual. We'll count up who's fit and who's not, we've got to recover right. With just one win in seven, we can't go patting ourselves on the back. We'll only do that when we get a run of results and start climbing that table."

Alex Neil: "It's hard to take but a harder one to take is when you play really well and lose. I don't think we played well enough, albeit I don't think we deserved to lose the game.

"I thought it was a poor game, to be honest. It was probably as poor as we've moved the ball. We didn't build well enough, we didn't look a threat as much as what we generally do. It was just one of those games where there was going to be the odd chance in the box and who took their opportunity when it came."

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Stoke beat Fulham to move off bottom

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the bet365 Stadium

Last Updated: 19/10/19 6:50pm

2:04 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Fulham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Fulham

Stoke claimed their first home league win since the start of March as they climbed off the bottom of the Championship with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Goals from strikers Tyrese Campbell and Lee Gregory (penalty) did the damage as Nathan Jones' side claimed back-to-back league victories for the first time since he took charge in January.

Campbell fired home a fine 16th-minute effort and then strike-partner Gregory scored from the spot with 10 minutes remaining after substitute Scott Hogan was fouled by 'keeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Bettinelli had made a string of fine saves to thwart the hosts, but was made to pay for felling Hogan late on as the Potters wrapped up a welcome win to delight their suffering supporters.

Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Fulham had plenty of the possession in the opening quarter of an hour but the visitors succumbed to a sucker-punch to go behind.

A routine goal-kick from 'keeper Adam Federici was headed on by Gregory and Campbell held off his marker to slot into the bottom-left corner.

It was Campbell's first goal of the season and first since April last season having been used mainly as a substitute this season.

Having impressed in a battling 2-1 away win over Swansea before the international break, Campbell clearly was not going to squander only his second league start of the season.

The home team could have easily doubled their lead 10 minutes later after another measured counter-attack.

Gregory was again the provider, teeing up skipper Joe Allen on the penalty spot.

But midfielder Allen's powerful right-foot shot was excellently saved by Bettinelli, diving outstretched to his left.

Goalscorer Campbell nearly had a second just after the half hour but Fulham somehow held on.

Campbell's initial close-range shot was well saved by Bettinelli, despite the 'keeper slipping as the striker raced down on goal.

But Campbell got to his feet and unleashed a second shot which defender Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked almost on his own goal-line.

Allen nearly scored for Stoke inside the opening minute of the second half but his point-blank effort from Gregory's cross was kept out by Bettinelli.

Gregory then had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Andy Davies after he thought he was fouled by defender Joe Bryan.

Fulham finally created a decent chance in the 51st minute when Federici pulled off a fine save to palm Harry Arter's powerful shot clear.

Three minutes later captain Tom Cairney curled a left-foot shot just wide of the left post as the Cottagers pushed for a leveller.

Bobby Decordova-Reid lashed a thunderous shot wide of the left upright as the visitors grew into the game and looked to avoid only their second loss in five away matches.

Reid headed straight at a thankful Federici from Ivan Cavaleiro's cross moments later as Fulham kept knocking for an equaliser.

Bryan fired just over the bar as Scott Parker's side looked for a way back, but Gregory's penalty sealed their fate.

Sub Hogan was clear on goal but Bettinelli felled him and was lucky to just get a yellow card for the misdemeanour.

But that was the least of Fulham's worries as Gregory stepped up to fire into the bottom-right corner to secure a vital victory.

What the managers said...

Nathan Jones: "It was relief, a bit of euphoria. It's been a long time coming back-to-back wins - and so has a performance like that at home. It's very pleasing.

"We haven't been far off performances like that to be honest with you, but when you're trying to set your stall out we've made big errors and things have gone against us, like sending offs. But we knew that would even out, it's a case of coming through that period. We believe we're coming through that period."

Scott Parker: "We'll dust ourselves down. This a young squad which has been put together and along the way there's going to be a few bumps.

"It's [defeat] not a head-on collision and it's not something which is a real massive issue, but it's a bump, which is going to happen. How we bounce back from this will ultimately determine how we do this year. That's the challenge now, we have to come back fighting. That's the only thing you can do. It's one football match and we have to go again."

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Stoke beat Fulham to move off bottom

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at the bet365 Stadium

Last Updated: 19/10/19 6:50pm

2:04 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Fulham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke and Fulham

Stoke claimed their first home league win since the start of March as they climbed off the bottom of the Championship with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Goals from strikers Tyrese Campbell and Lee Gregory (penalty) did the damage as Nathan Jones' side claimed back-to-back league victories for the first time since he took charge in January.

Campbell fired home a fine 16th-minute effort and then strike-partner Gregory scored from the spot with 10 minutes remaining after substitute Scott Hogan was fouled by 'keeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Bettinelli had made a string of fine saves to thwart the hosts, but was made to pay for felling Hogan late on as the Potters wrapped up a welcome win to delight their suffering supporters.

Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

Fulham had plenty of the possession in the opening quarter of an hour but the visitors succumbed to a sucker-punch to go behind.

A routine goal-kick from 'keeper Adam Federici was headed on by Gregory and Campbell held off his marker to slot into the bottom-left corner.

It was Campbell's first goal of the season and first since April last season having been used mainly as a substitute this season.

Having impressed in a battling 2-1 away win over Swansea before the international break, Campbell clearly was not going to squander only his second league start of the season.

The home team could have easily doubled their lead 10 minutes later after another measured counter-attack.

Gregory was again the provider, teeing up skipper Joe Allen on the penalty spot.

But midfielder Allen's powerful right-foot shot was excellently saved by Bettinelli, diving outstretched to his left.

Goalscorer Campbell nearly had a second just after the half hour but Fulham somehow held on.

Campbell's initial close-range shot was well saved by Bettinelli, despite the 'keeper slipping as the striker raced down on goal.

But Campbell got to his feet and unleashed a second shot which defender Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked almost on his own goal-line.

Allen nearly scored for Stoke inside the opening minute of the second half but his point-blank effort from Gregory's cross was kept out by Bettinelli.

Gregory then had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Andy Davies after he thought he was fouled by defender Joe Bryan.

Fulham finally created a decent chance in the 51st minute when Federici pulled off a fine save to palm Harry Arter's powerful shot clear.

Three minutes later captain Tom Cairney curled a left-foot shot just wide of the left post as the Cottagers pushed for a leveller.

Bobby Decordova-Reid lashed a thunderous shot wide of the left upright as the visitors grew into the game and looked to avoid only their second loss in five away matches.

Reid headed straight at a thankful Federici from Ivan Cavaleiro's cross moments later as Fulham kept knocking for an equaliser.

Bryan fired just over the bar as Scott Parker's side looked for a way back, but Gregory's penalty sealed their fate.

Sub Hogan was clear on goal but Bettinelli felled him and was lucky to just get a yellow card for the misdemeanour.

But that was the least of Fulham's worries as Gregory stepped up to fire into the bottom-right corner to secure a vital victory.

What the managers said...

Nathan Jones: "It was relief, a bit of euphoria. It's been a long time coming back-to-back wins - and so has a performance like that at home. It's very pleasing.

"We haven't been far off performances like that to be honest with you, but when you're trying to set your stall out we've made big errors and things have gone against us, like sending offs. But we knew that would even out, it's a case of coming through that period. We believe we're coming through that period."

Scott Parker: "We'll dust ourselves down. This a young squad which has been put together and along the way there's going to be a few bumps.

"It's [defeat] not a head-on collision and it's not something which is a real massive issue, but it's a bump, which is going to happen. How we bounce back from this will ultimately determine how we do this year. That's the challenge now, we have to come back fighting. That's the only thing you can do. It's one football match and we have to go again."

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