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Duane Holmes receives racial abuse at Brentford


Duane Holmes is the latest player to receive racial abuse overseas.

According to Sky Sports, Holmes was one of several players who admitted racial abuse this weekend in league. Holmes and Derby County drew Brentford 3-3 at Griffin Park, in which Holmes was substituted off in the 74th minute.

“Duane Holmes complained that he was racially abused – I didn’t see it, I was facing play and a fan came up to him at the side of the dugout and abused him,” Lampard told Sky Sports.

“Because it’s such an important issue I don’t want to go beyond what I know, but it was very clearly reported by the players and the people around.”

Brentford confirmed that a fan was arrested following the match for racial abuse towards the 24-year-old. According to the report, the man was later released on bail until an unspecified court date in May.

Holmes joined Derby County from Scunthorpe United prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. He’s scored two goals and added one assist in 23 league matches this season.

Wigan Athletic’s Nathan Byrne, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, and several Northampton players reported incidents of racial abuse this weekend on separate occasions.


  1. I was in England for a while, particularly at lower division games I remember racial epithets being tossed around. I think it happens more in whiter, smaller towns and lower division teams that are more domestic players. Edu used to say Rangers fans and others said racist stuff in Scotland. I want to say some other peripheral black USMNT historical player tried out Eastern Europe and lasted a matter of weeks with the abuse that was hurled around.


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