Plainmoor, home of Torquay United. Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

TUFC: Alleged 'racist remark' at Saturday's Devon derby

Torbay Weekly

The outcome of the alleged 'racist remark' incident at Saturday's Devon derby friendly between Torquay United and Exeter City appears to depend on whether Gulls forward Corie Andrews decides to take the case any further.

Referee Paul Johnson halted play midway through the second half of Torquay's 1-0 win, spoke first with Andrews and then City defender Jonathan Grounds, taking notes from both, before calling managers Gary Johnson and Matt Taylor to the touchline to explain his actions.

Based on Grecians boss Taylor's later comments, it appears that Grounds is alleged to have made a racist comment to Andrews.

But Taylor stressed: "I have spoken to the player in question, so I know what he has said, and I don't believe it to be a racist comment.

"I trust my players, and the player in question, in relation to what he's supposed to have said and what he actually has said."

Taylor also praised the way that Mr Johnson had handled the incident and the way that correct protocols had been followed.

United boss Johnson did not comment publicly on what had happened.

It remains to be seen whether Andrews follows up Saturday's incident, and also what the referee includes in his match report to disciplinary authorities.

Play resumed after a few minutes, as the 2,634 crowd puzzled about what had occurred, and United's Brett McGavin went on to hit the winning goal in the 81st minute.

Meanwhile, Poole Town have announced that they have suspended striker Tony Lee over 'unspecified allegations' concerning their leading scorer.

Poole recently reported that they had turned down an offer for Lee from Torquay with several other clubs, including Yeovil Town and Southend United, also believed to have been interested.