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Oldham Player denies racially abusing ball boy

Oldham winger Lee Croft accused of racially abusing ball boy Photo: PA

Police are investigating an allegation that Oldham Athletic footballer Lee Croft racially abused a ball boy during a game.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed it was looking into the claim that an un-named player abused the ball boy during the nPower League One club's 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane yesterday.

The Greater Manchester side said the player denied the allegation and that it and his team-mates were fully supportive of him.

In a statement last night, the club said: "Oldham Athletic Football Club was made aware by South Yorkshire Police after today's npower League One match at Sheffield United of an allegation of racist abuse by one of its players.

"The player has categorically denied the allegation and the club and his team-mates are fully supportive of him.

"The club understands that the police are making enquiries into the allegation and, as a result, will not be making any further statements in relation to this matter."