West Bromwich Albion racial abuse: EFL Club suspends staff member amid allegations

An EFL club has suspended one of its members of staff following allegations of racial abuse.

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that a member of their backroom staff has been suspended and will be put through an independent investigation following accusations of ‘discriminatory behaviour’.

The accusations involve the way a certain member of staff has been treating black players at the club during training session - in a letter of grievance, they were accused of ‘racist and biased practices’.

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The Baggies are taking these allegations very seriously - they state that the investigation will be carried out by a ‘leading UK law firm’ and stress that the investigation is ‘not an indication of guilt’.

As things stand, the identity of the staff member in question is unknown - West Brom maintain their right to preserve his anonymity while investigations are ongoing.

In the wake of the allegations, West Brom issued a statement on their official club website, which reads: “West Bromwich Albion Football Club can confirm an employee has been suspended pending an independent investigation into allegations of discriminatory behaviour. 

“The club adopts a zero-tolerance approach to any discriminatory behaviour and is committed to upholding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. 

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“The suspension, which is in accordance with the club's policies, is not an indication of guilt. Consequently, the employee has a right to privacy throughout this process. The club will make no further comment until the conclusion of the independent investigation, which will be conducted by a leading UK law firm.“

West Brom led a decent campaign in the Championship during the 2023/24 season - over, they finished fifth in the league table, which landed them a spot in the playoffs.

There, they were beaten by Southampton. After a tense first leg at the Hawthorns ended a 0-0 draw, the Saints took control at St. Mary’s Stadium in the second leg - eventually winning by a score of 3-1.

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