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'Disappointing' Norwich City release statement after Irish striker Adam Idah suffers racist abuse

After Norwich’s 3-0 loss, the 20-year-old Cork man took to Instagram after he received a series of racist messages following his second league start of the season.

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Adam Idah in action for Norwich against Crystal Palace.

Adam Idah in action for Norwich against Crystal Palace.

Adam Idah in action for Norwich against Crystal Palace.

Norwich City FC have released a statement after Irish footballer Adam Idah suffered racist abuse following the club’s Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

After Norwich’s 3-0 loss, the 20-year-old Cork man took to Instagram after he received a series of racist messages following his second league start of the season.

He shared a screenshot of some of the nasty comments, which showed one user commenting several monkey emojis under the striker’s post.

Norwich City FC has since responded to the incident, saying that the club was “disappointed” to hear of the racially motivated comments.

They said that the troll involved has been identified and police are currently investigating further.

The statement read: “Following our game at Crystal Palace, the club were disappointed to learn of both online racist comments directed at some of our players, as well as alleged in-stadia racist comments directed at opposing players by our supporters. Such behaviour is not welcome in following and supporting Norwich City.

“The club will continue to support those players affected, whilst demanding action from social media companies to ensure that users are held accountable for their unacceptable behaviour. The club have also reported the incident to Norfolk Police.

“An individual has also been identified and an investigation is ongoing following the alleged racist comments directed at Crystal Palace’s players. No player, whether our player or an opposition player, should be subject to this type of abuse.

“All at Norwich City will continue to do everything we can to eradicate all forms of unlawful discrimination from the game. Where identified, the club will support and impose the strongest possible sanctions against perpetrators of this behaviour.”

Irish defender Cyrus Christie has previously said that the efforts made by “useless” social media companies to prevent this kind of racial online abuse have not been good enough.

“[Trolls) think they can get away with it, they hide behind profiles,” he said.

“I have had so many cases on there, the racism and stuff, it is just mad, but when you speak to them, they are like, ‘Oh well.’”

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