Police investigate Croft racism allegation

Oldham's Lee Croft (partially obscured, orange shirt) shakes hands with a Sheffield Utd ball-boy. Photo: PA

Police are continuing to investigate an allegation that a footballer racially abused a 14-year-old ball boy during a League One match.

Officers became involved following claims that Oldham winger Lee Croft abused the teenager during the 1-1 draw against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Croft has denied using abusive language towards the boy but said he did talk to him about wasting time and kicking the ball away.

After the match at Bramall Lane, South Yorkshire Police confirmed "that officers are investigating allegations of racially abusive remarks made towards a 14-year-old ball boy at the football match between Sheffield United FC and Oldham Athletic FC".

Today, a spokeswoman said she could not add anything further as the inquiry was continuing.

Oldham said on Saturday night: "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 inquiries into the allegation and, as a result, will not be making any further statements in relation to this matter."

Sheffield United said it was a matter for the police and will not be commenting.