Fulham investigating claims Cyrus Christie’s sister was assaulted and racially abused by club’s own fan

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Fulham have launched an investigation after defender Cyrus Christie accused a fan of his own team of assaulting and racially abusing his sister during their opening Championship fixture.

The Cottagers experienced a nightmare return to the second tier as they were beaten 1-0 away at Barnsley with Christie coming on as a first half substitute for Maxime Le Marchand.

Members of his family travelled to Oakwell to watch the game but Christie alleges that they were the victims of racist remarks and violence from the club’s own fans during the game.

The Republic of Ireland full-back took to Twitter to make the allegations and warned the perpetrator they will “get what’s coming to them” as fans responded with messages of support.

Fulham have issued a response saying they have launched an investigation into the alleged incident.

Christie wrote: “To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope your proud of yourself and feel like a big man.

“You’ll get what’s coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful.”

Christie wins a header during Fulham’s defeat to Barnsley

A statement from Fulham on Twitter read: “Fulham Football Club is investigating an incident which took place in the away end at the Barnsley v Fulham fixture this afternoon.

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“Should the perpetrators be identified, the Club will be taking the strongest possible action.”

Christie joined Fulham from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee in January 2018, helping the club reach the Premier League after a dramatic promotion push.

 

But he was unable to help them stay in the Premier League during last year’s disappointing campaign, during which he featured in 23 top flight fixtures.

He was recently involved in a documentary regarding racism and discrimination in sport with sportswear giants Nike.

He tweeted on Friday before the incident: “Great to be involved with @nike for their documentary on racism and discrimination in sport. @nike always pushing the boundaries compared to other brands to make a change.”

He previously spoke out about racial abuse following the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off elimination last year.





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