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QPR chiefs seek answers from UEFA after Under-18s side suffer alleged racial abuse

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It was originally believed defender Trent Mahorn led the side off the field after they were allegedly subjected to monkey noises and taunts of “n*gro” during the game, but a club statement later stated manager Paul Furlong urged his players to walk off.

The youth side were in Spain and took on Sevilla, Cadiz and Nervion over the course of six days, with the abuse alleged to have occurred in the final one of those fixtures.

The referee had no other option but to abandon said game.

A QPR statement read: "During the second half, a number of the QPR players were subjected to racist abuse.

"In line with a protocol which was discussed and agreed by our Under 18s during a recent equality & diversity session with Kick It Out, one of the QPR players informed Furlong.

"Furlong subsequently instructed his players to leave the field."

CEO Lee Hoos added: “We take a very strong stance against racism and will not tolerate one of our players being subjected to the despicable comments experienced.

“I applaud Paul Furlong and his staff for reacting in such a manner and doing everything within their powers to protect the players.

“I am also very proud of our Under 18s who showed such maturity in the face of unacceptable provocation.

“Had this incident occurred in England I have no doubts the issue would be dealt with swiftly with a strong punishment by the FA.

“Unfortunately, it seems some countries have a long way to go in this respect and I urge UEFA to take the strongest possible action as incidents of this nature are happening far too often.

“At QPR we must not, and will not, stand for it. We have made many great strides in tackling racism in football but sadly there is still a long way to go.

“Racism in football is a reflection of problems within society and what’s incredible is that we were warned of similar alleged incidents that had taken place in the region before we played there.

“Should we have refused the fixture? Is that going to solve the problem or avoid it? Action must be taken at every level of our game, not just when it happens in front of the watching world.

“There is an opportunity here for UEFA to make a strong statement. I hope it is an opportunity they take.”

The club are in dialogue with the FA regarding this matter.

QPR have not featured any of the Spanish tour games on the ‘results’ page of their website. Their next game comes against Barnsley Under-18s on Saturday. 

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