Rhys Williams allegedly racially abused during Swansea City’s Luton Town draw

Liverpool star Rhys Williams reportedly suffers racial abuse by a Luton Town supporter while being loaned to Swansea City as Bedfordshire police open investigation into incident during 3-3 draw at Kenilworth Road

  • Rhys Williams was allegedly racially abused by a Luton Town fan on Saturday
  • The incident happened towards the end of Swansea City’s 3-3 draw against Luton
  • An official report has been prepared to match the official Tony Harrington and the police
  • Both clubs have condemned the abuse and offered their full support
  • Two Birmingham City fans were also arrested following charges of racial abuse











Bedfordshire Police have launched an investigation after the Swansea City defender was racially insulted by a Luton Town supporter during their 3-3 draw on Saturday.

The centre-back, who has been loaned by Liverpool to the South Wales club this season, was substituted at halftime, while the visitors trailed 3-0.

The club has said an official report has been prepared to match Tony Harrington and Bedfordshire’s official police.

Rhys Williams allegedly racially abused by a Luton Town fan towards the end of their draw

Bedfordshire Police have launched a full investigation into the incident and Swansea thanked them and Luton Town for their prompt response to the allegation.

In a statement about the club websiteSwansea said: ‘Towards the end of today’s championship game against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, an allegation of racial abuse was made following comments made by a home viewer to Swansea City’s Rhys Williams.

Swansea City condemns racism and all forms of abuse because it has no place in football or in any way of life.

“The club would like to thank both Bedfordshire Police and Luton Town Football Club for their prompt response to the end of the match.

Swansea City's central defender was substituted at halftime, while the visitors trailed 3-0

Swansea City’s central defender was substituted at halftime, while the visitors trailed 3-0

SWANSEA CITY FULL STATEMENT

Towards the end of today’s championship game against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, an allegation of racial abuse was made following comments made by a home viewer to Swansea City’s Rhys Williams.

An official report was submitted full-time to the match official, Tony Harrington, and the Bedfordshire Police.

Swansea City condemns racism and all kinds of abuse because it has no place in football or any lifestyle.

The club would like to thank both Bedfordshire Police and Luton Town Football Club for their prompt response at the end of the match.

Bedfordshire Police have launched a full investigation into the incident. Officers have been on the scene to investigate and are working with Luton Town to identify those involved.

Rhys has the full support of everyone at the football club and we are in talks with his parent club Liverpool to ensure the player gets all the support he needs.

Swansea City will continue to work with the relevant authorities on this matter.

Bedfordshire Police have launched a full investigation into the incident. Officers have been on the scene to investigate and are working with Luton Town to identify those involved.

“Rhys has the full support of everyone at the football club and we are in talks with his parent club Liverpool to ensure the player gets all the support he needs.

Both clubs have condemned the alleged racist abuse during the game against Williams

Both clubs have condemned the alleged racist abuse during the game against Williams

“Swansea City will continue to work with the relevant authorities on this matter.”

Luton also responded to the allegation, stating that the club “abhors racism” and is proud of its track record in fighting racism.

In a club statement they said: ‘Luton Town abhors racism and with our stadium located in one of the most racially and culturally diverse areas in the country, we are proud of our historical record in fighting it.

“The Club has and will always have a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.

“It is not acceptable to anyone in football or the wider society, whether online or in person, and we will continue to work with the police on their investigations into this matter.

“We also offer our full support to Rhys and Swansea.

“Anyone who has made discriminatory comments will face the strictest sanctions imposed by the Club and will not be welcome on Kenilworth Road.”

Rhys Williams came to Swansea on loan in the summer after a great campaign at Liverpool

Rhys Williams came to Swansea on loan in the summer after a great campaign at Liverpool

His parent club responded to the Swans statement and offered Williams their support

His parent club responded to the Swans statement and offered Williams their support

LUTON CITY FULL STATEMENT

Luton Town Football Club is aware of an allegation of a racist remark directed at Swansea City defender Rhys Williams by a spectator during today’s game at Kenilworth Road.

The allegation is currently under investigation by club officials, in conjunction with Swansea City and Bedfordshire Police.

Luton Town abhors racism and with our stadium located in one of the most racially and culturally diverse areas in the country, we are proud of our historical record in fighting it.

The Club has and will always maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind. It is not acceptable to anyone in football or the wider society, either online or in person, and we will continue to work with the police on their investigations into this matter. We also offer Rhys and Swansea our full support.

Any person who has made discriminatory comments will be subject to the strictest sanctions imposed by the Club and will not be welcome on Kenilworth Road.

Williams’ parent club Liverpool took Twitter to show their support for their loaned player who saved the squad during a 2020-21 season marred by injury.

Two more incidents of alleged racism took place on Saturday, with two Birmingham City fans being arrested following charges of racial abuse against Peterborough United captain Nathan Thompson.

Meanwhile, north of the border, Kelty Hearts says an investigation is underway into racial abuse targeting striker Nathan Austin during their League 2 win against Albion Rover.

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