Morecambe and fans' group issue statements following midfielder's red card against Tranmere Rovers

Morecambe have released a statement in the aftermath of the weekend red card for Yann Songo’o against Tranmere Rovers.

Monday, 1st February 2021, 8:17 pm
Updated Monday, 1st February 2021, 8:18 pm

The midfielder was dismissed in the first half for foul and abusive language, leading to an allegation of a homophobic slur.

Tranmere, as well as Rover and Out, the club’s LGBT+ supporters’ group, both issued statements on Sunday.

Morecambe made theirs on Monday evening and it said: “Morecambe Football Club would like to stress it abhors abuse of any sort, be it on the grounds of race, colour, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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Yann Songo'o (left) was sent off at the weekend

“We are awaiting the final report on Saturday’s match against Tranmere Rovers before making any specific comment on the incident.

“A further statement will follow when we have received that report.”

The Shrimps Trust fans’ group also released a statement following on from that issued by the club.

It said: “The Trust acknowledges the statement from Morecambe Football Club today regarding the incident surrounding the dismissal of Yann Songo’o against Tranmere Rovers on 30th January.

“While it is right for the club to have time to conduct its own investigations, we should be clear that football has no place for discrimination. It is totally unacceptable and not defendable through ignorance.

“It is an integral part of the Shrimps Trust constitution to be a representative organisation which is open and accessible to all supporters of Morecambe Football Club regardless of their age, income, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexuality or religious or moral belief.

“We will continue to work with the club to ensure that the Mazuma Stadium remains the welcoming, family environment for all supporters that we know and love.

“There is no room for homophobia in football and there is still plenty to be done to make the sport truly inclusive. The Trust supports the EFL’s ‘Not Today or Any Day’ anti-discrimination campaign.

“The focus of this year’s campaign is ensuring a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all whether we’re together, apart, online or on the pitch as we collectively work to Make Sport Everyone’s Game.”

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