Rico Quitongo: Airdrie defender says he was racially abused by one of team’s own fans



Rico Quitongo says he was subjected to racial abuse by an Airdrie fan
Rico Quitongo alleges he was subjected to racial abuse by an Airdrie fan

Airdrie’s Rico Quitongo says he was racially abused by one of his team’s own fans during Saturday’s Scottish League 1 draw with Queen’s Park.

He said he was “not surprised” but “hugely disappointed” and that “more needs done for cowards to change”.

An Airdrie spokesperson confirmed to BBC Scotland the club were investigating the incident.

Writing on social media, the 22-year-old defender said the club were “supporting me as much as they can”.

“It shouldn’t be in football and I absolutely don’t deserve to be personally abused for my skin colour,” Quitongo said.

“I’m all for banter with fans etc but I will not tolerate it. I am proud to be black and proud to be who I am.

“The club have a pending investigation and are supporting me as much as they can, but you can’t always catch the idiots who make these remarks, which upsets me.”

Quitongo, whose father Jose played for Hearts and Hamilton Academical and brother Jai is currently with Queen’s Park, played the full 90 minutes of the goalless draw at Firhill.



BBC News