Portsmouth release three players over alleged abusive messages

Portsmouth have announced the release of three players from their academy system after an investigation into allegations that they used discriminatory language in a group conversation.

Images were posted on social media of the conversation, which took place after the Euro 2020 final between Italy and England.

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed that officers were investigating what they described as being “treated as a hate-related incident”.

Pompey also announced that they had launched an investigation.

Following the news of the incident, the club’s owner Michael Eisner tweeted: “There is no place for hatred or bigotry of any kind at Portsmouth FC or any other organization with which I’m affiliated.

“We won’t tolerate it, and there will be appropriate consequences for anyone who engages in racist behaviour in social media or elsewhere.”

What have Portsmouth said?

Upon the conclusion of the investigation, an official club statement read: “We can confirm that a decision has been made today (July 28) to release three players from the academy. These players do have the right to appeal the club’s decision.

“Portsmouth Football Club are fully committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

“We are part of a diverse community and are dedicated to promoting an environment of equality and inclusion at all times – both inside the football club and in our wider society.

“We also continue to respectfully appeal for everyone’s consideration in their use of social media posts directed towards any of the club’s employees and any other external parties.”

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