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Midfielder Dicker leaves Carlisle United

Gary Dicker, right, after Carlisle United's Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool. Credit: PA

Midfielder Gary Dicker has left Carlisle United by mutual consent.

The 29-year-old joined the Blues on a two-year deal in the summer of 2014, and scored a single goal in 50 appearances.

He has agreed terms to join Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock, having been placed on United's transfer list.

Manager Keith Curle wished him well:

We thank Gary for his efforts and commitment and it goes without saying that we wish him well.

The understanding has always been that if a player on the transfer list can secure a future beyond the end of this season, to further his career, then that's what we will allow him to do.

Gary now sees his long term future to be up in Scotland, but we have to say that he had bought in to everything we were trying to do. That was very good to see and we always got strong, committed performances from him whenever he took to the pitch.

As I say, we wish Gary well as he moves on to take this next step in his career."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Carlisle United promise 'robust' response to alleged racism

Carlisle United have released a statement. Credit: PA

Carlisle United have promised to respond in an "extremely robust manner" if any of the club's fans are found to have carried out racist chanting in the FA Cup tie against Everton.

The club released the following statement:

As we understand it, the match officials were notified that Everton players had heard or witnessed abuse of a racist nature immediately after they had scored the first goal.

An investigation has been launched, in-line with the relevant authorities. If it is found to be the case, and we identify those responsible, we will deal with it in an extremely robust manner.

We have worked hard to create a welcoming environment at Brunton Park and those efforts were doubled when we came under the spotlight, nationally and internationally, in the wake of the recent floods. Carlisle United has grown in stature as a football club because of the way we have conducted ourselves, on and off the pitch, and we will not allow our reputation to be tarnished in any way.

It would be wrong of us to comment further on the incident at this stage as we allow the authorities to continue to carry out their investigations.”

– Andy Hall, Media Officer Carlisle United

Kick It Out: racism 'still a problem' in football

The Chair of Kick It Out, the organisation that aims to stop racism in football, says there's still plenty of work to do.

Lord Herman Ouseley was responding to reports of racist chanting by Carlisle United fans, in the club's FA Cup defeat to Everton.

We've seen an increase in reported incidents in football, mainly at grassroots level but still happening at the professional level.

And right across society there's an increase in reported hate crimes. So we still have a problem in football that has to be tackled."

– Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair Kick it Out

Curle: club 'will not stop' until alleged racist chanters caught

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle says the club "will not stop" until people responsible for alleged racist chanting in the FA Cup tie against Everton are caught:

I know they have got stewards and stewarding within the terracing. They have got CCTV as well. And again the football club will not stop.

We don't want it in Brunton Park, we don't want it in society and we will do everything we can to identify who it was and make sure that the relevant penalties or punishments will be adhered to."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

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Police to investigate 'racism' against Everton players

Police are investigating reports of racist behaviour directed towards Everton's football players on the pitch during Carlisle's FA Cup fourth round tie.

The alleged incident happened following Everton's first goal in the match - scored by their Ivorian striker Arouna Koné.

Officers want anyone at Carlisle's ground to get in touch with them if they heard any racist remarks.

The club has also confirmed that it will conduct its own investigation and will punish any supporters who are found to have made racist comments.

"We are investigating allegations of racist behaviour directed towards Everton players following the first goal.

"Hate crime will not be tolerated in this county and any allegation will be fully investigated.

"We ask that anyone with information makes contact with police."

– Superintendent Justin Bibby, Cumbria Police
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