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Coventry and Sheff Wed condemn alleged racist abuse aimed at Palmer

Sheffield Wednesday have labelled alleged racist abuse of Kasey Palmer as "abhorrent and wholly unacceptable" and are working with police to identify those responsible. 

Palmer went to retrieve the ball from behind the goal, before sharply turning away and motioning towards match referee Anthony Backhouse.

The Coventry midfielder then pointed towards the crowd and appeared to indicate that somebody had made a monkey gesture towards him.

A bottle was also thrown from the crowd, which appeared to strike a Coventry player.

The match was paused as the referee took a moment to speak to both managers on the touchline.

Palmer appeared upset after the game and was comforted by team-mates. After the game, Palmer wrote on X: "Disappointed to even have to come on here & write this. Racism is a disgrace… it has no place in the world, let alone football.

"I'm black and proud, and I am raising my three kids to be the exact same. I'll be honest, it feels like things will never change, no matter how hard we try.

"Couple fans doing monkey chants don't define a fan base - I appreciate all the love and support I've received".

After the match Coventry manager Mark Robins said: "Part of the game is the supporters having a go at individuals whether it is managers, coaches or whether it's players or whatever.

"That's part of it. But when it's racism, it oversteps. Nobody should have to deal with that, nobody on society. There is no place in society for it. I'm hoping they have a clear picture of what has gone on and they deal with it properly, because that is just out of order."

South Yorkshire Police is investigating the incident.

A Sheffield Wednesday statement said: "Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry City are shocked and saddened by the racist gesture from the stands reported by Sky Blues player Kasey Palmer during today's game at Hillsborough.

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