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STATEMENT - Racist Incident 15/10/2016

On Saturday 15th October 2016, Derby County played Leeds United at Pride Park Stadium. Unfortunately, at this match a number of our members were subject to racist abuse from a few Leeds United supporters. The incident was reported to the relevant authorities at the time. However we have now been informed that no prosecutions were brought to any individuals during the investigation.

There is no place for racism and as a supporters club that promotes diversity and inclusion we are disappointed to hear of the decision, however we understand the reasons behind the outcome.

We would like to thank all of the individuals and authorities that were involved in this investigation for their efforts over the last 15 months.

As a result of the outcome of this incident we have provided a guide to what you should do if you encounter racism in and around the stadium.

1 – Take note of the location of the individuals and their appearance (take a photo if possible, however we recommend that you do not publish photos in the public domain as this could hinder any investigations).

2 – Report the individuals to the nearest steward.

3 – You can also report the incident to the Supporter Liaison Officer as well as Kick It Out.

4 – If not already done please raise a police report regarding the incident.

We hope that no one has to use the above steps in reporting an incident regarding racism however we believe it is important to raise awareness with fellow supporters on how to respond to such incidents.

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