Man charged over racism incident which marred Diamonds draw

He will appear at court later this year

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 3:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th January 2021, 4:00 pm
Luke Fairlamb in action for Diamonds against Barwell. Credit: HawkinsImages

A man has been charged after a police investigation into a racist comment during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' draw with Barwell last year.

A spectator was ejected from the Hayden Road ground in Rushden when Diamonds were trailing the Leicestershire side 1-0 on September 26.

Winger Luke Fairlamb lined up to take a free-kick and reacted to a racist comment from someone in the crowd, which he believed was aimed at a player from the visiting side.

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Referee Richard Eley halted the game and the incident was later reported to the police, who took a number of statements as part of their investigation and brought a suspect in to be interviewed.

Today (Thursday) a Northamptonshire Police spokesman confirmed 69-year-old Clive Williams has been charged with racially/religiously aggravated public order in connection with the incident.

Williams, of Sandy Close in Wellingborough, is due to appear before magistrates in Northampton on May 25.