BARNET has suspended captain Jamie Turley and threatened to expel more players after they went on strike over allegedly racist remarks from their own coach, according to shocking reports.
A Bees coach reportedly called Stockport County star Ryan Johnson a ‘monkey’ during Saturday’s National League clash.
The Mirror claims Johnson told Barnet players about the alleged racial slur.
Turley is said to have asked the coach in question to be barred from Monday’s training session.
But after backroom staff showed up, Turley is said to have confronted him, calling his presence ‘inappropriate’.
The coach complained, with club captain Turley immediately suspended.
Barnet’s players went on strike and angrily threatened to sit out Tuesday night’s game against Southend United.
But after allegedly being threatened with contract termination, the Bees’ players finally decided to continue the game – a 2-1 loss in Essex.
Barnet’s chairman Anthony Kleanthous denied the claims.
Kleanthous told the Mirror: “I have not spoken to the whole team and am not aware of any direct ‘termination’ threats to the players.
“It is remarkable, however, that the players are contracted to the FA standard to participate in football matches.
“Therefore, I consider any threat not to play would be a breach of their contract and would result in severe punishment from the National League.
“Jamie Turley has had her entire salary suspended from human resources at the Club following a separate internal complaint.
“This is standard employee discipline process and good practice to allow for an appropriate investigation.
“To be clear, a suspension is not a disciplinary action or a reflection of guilt, but rather to allow an investigation to be conducted effectively and thoroughly without any influence of the third-party.”
Kleanthous went on to insist police say there isn’t any quality to the allegation of racism and that the unnamed coach will not face action.
The club president continued: “A full investigation was carried out on the day of the alleged incident.
“This is done by the Safety Officer, who has the authority to cover these matters on match days, and in consultation with the Police attending who were present at the match.
“Witnesses were interviewed with the statements made and the matter was reported to the Silver Commander of the London match in an interview with the HQ MO6 Football Unit in accordance with MPS Policy.
“Senior police at the scene confirmed there were no charges or drugs for a criminal investigation to take place.
“The club is currently conducting further investigations to ensure a comprehensive review of the matter and to provide its observations to the FA.
“Finally, I hope it is understood that Barnet Football Club takes its social responsibility very seriously and will always act with integrity when investigating any matter.
“The club will not tolerate racism or any other form of abuse and will act swiftly and forcefully to deal with any such behaviour.”
It is claimed that the players have requested further negotiations with Kleanthous.
Manchester United Legendary Rio Ferdinand revealed his anger at the treatment of the players on Twitter.
Former lover-England The defender tweeted: “Can’t believe what I’m reading…
“Club captain suspended for standing up against a racist incident involving his own staff
“What a shame from @BarnetFC.”
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