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Bairns striker hits out at “disgusting” abuse

Falkirk striker Dennon Lewis has admitted his future at the club is unclear – after accusing Bairns supporters of racially abusing him.

In a statement on his Twitter account, the 21-year-old says he was subjected to “disgusting” abuse during Saturday’s defeat at Stenhousemuir.

It read, “I have never gone through a period like this in my life.

“From a footballing stand point things are not going as planned for anyone involved at the club however from a personal standpoint never in a million years would I have expected to be subject to racial abuse from Falkirk fans.

“I understand the frustration and anger as a lover of football myself all you want to see is your club do well.

“However for me this is a line crossed and the abuse received is disgusting.

“Whilst the future is unclear at this moment in time I am still a Falkirk player and will try to do my best for the team and support everyone involved with the club.

“Finally I appreciate the messages received and I know this doesn’t embody the Falkirk fans in its entirety.

“Please understand where I am coming from with this message and I know that I will not and cannot stand for this.”

It’s not yet known whether he’ll play any part in the side’s trip to Inverness this weekend.

The club first posted about the alleged abuse on Monday evening, saying they wouldn’t tolerate such incidents.

It read, “Falkirk FC is extremely disappointed to learn of racist abuse directed at Dennon Lewis by its own supporters during Saturday’s match against Stenhousemuir.

“As a club, we wholeheartedly condemn the abuse received by Dennon and will work to identify those responsible.

“The individuals in question were in the Main Stand of Ochilview Park on Saturday and anyone with any information is urged to contact the club on 01324 624121 in strictest confidence.

“Racist abuse towards anyone is simply unacceptable and will absolutely not be tolerated by Falkirk Football Club.

“Further to this, there has been a growing number of unacceptable incidents of abuse by Falkirk fans towards members of staff and players at our club.

“We have a duty of care towards our players and our staff and while we do appreciate that this season has fallen well below where we all hoped we would be, it is entirely unacceptable for supporters to abuse our players and staff.

“Many of these extremely personal attacks on individuals have been both verbal and online.

“The vast majority of Falkirk supporters have been exemplary in their behaviour and following of the team throughout what has to date been a difficult season for us all.

“It is in times like these that we must all pull together and continue to support Ray and his team in climbing the Ladbrokes Championship table.”

 

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