The FAI have condemned the racist abuse directed at Celtic striker Jonathan Afolabi. The Dublin born attacker, who is on loan at Dundee, scored a late equaliser against Bonnyrigg Rose in the Scottish Cup Second Round as the Dens Park side went through 3-2 after extra time.
However, following the game, Afolabi was the subject of sickening abuse. Dundee came out and issued a strong statement detailing that they had reported the incident to Police Scotland.
Celtic are yet to comment publicly but the Football Association of Ireland have issued a statement in support of the 20-year-old.
The FAI condemns the vile, racist comments directed online at Dundee and Republic of Ireland U21 striker Jonathan Afolabi. Such behaviour cannot and will not be tolerated and the FAI fully supports Jonathan and the stance taken by his club @dundeefc @celticfc
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) January 10, 2021
Racism has no place in football or society, it must be eradicated so that people are not subjected to the vile abuse that Afolabi, like so many others, have to suffer. A number of Dundee supporters have tweeted their support to Afolabi.
Disgusting behaviour – I hope the authorities can track down whoever was responsible. Please pass on to Jonathan that Dundee supporters are standing shoulder to shoulder with him. Stay strong #SayNoToRacism
— Mick (@mickjmckay) January 10, 2021
Call them out for what they are, no place in todays society for them
— kevin macdonald (@kevinmac80) January 10, 2021
This is terrible behaviour and glad to see DFC are condemning such behaviour- no place for this in our society!! 👍
— DodClark 🏴💙 (@George99210504) January 10, 2021
Absolutely appalling. No place for it in a civilised society #ShowRacismTheRedCard
— Cath 🏴 (@rugbycath) January 10, 2021
Hopefully Celtic will issue a tweet in support of Afolabi and be offering him all the help he needs behind the scenes.