Mansfield Town report alleged racist abuse towards Krystian Pearce

Mansfield have reported an allegation of racist abuse towards captain Krystian Pearce following the club’s pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Stags have been in touch with both the Football Association and Nottinghamshire Police regarding an alleged incident.

The defender was replaced late on as the game ended with an ugly 22-man brawl.

The club said in a statement: “Mansfield Town Football Club can confirm that after its pre-season friendly against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 24 July, the club has reported an allegation of racist abuse directed at its captain Krystian Pearce to both The Football Association and Nottinghamshire Police.

“The club has liaised with Kick It Out and will not be making any further comment until the investigations are concluded.”

He told the Sheffield Star: “With seven or eight minutes to go Pearcey was visibly upset with something, so I got him off the pitch.

“Pearcey has a character and a calmness about him as everyone can see. Supporters around here have known him longer than me.

“He has a calmness and assurance when playing football. But something riled him. Something rattled him and I was worried that, with him looking so wound up, he might do the wrong thing.

“So I got him off the pitch – sensible management in a pre-season game when there are no points to play for.”

Kick It Out said in a statement on its Twitter feed: “The allegation made by @mansfieldtownfc’s captain Krystian Pearce is extremely serious and we have offered our support to the club. It is vital that the incident is thoroughly investigated by the police and @FA.”