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Adelaide to investigate racism claims

December 17, 2012

Adelaide United has moved to distance itself from the fans accused of making racist comments towards Wellington striker Paul Ifill during the Reds' 3-1 win on Sunday.

Paul Ifill
GettyImagesPaul Ifill claims he was racially abused by Adelaide fans

Ifill, 33, confirmed on Twitter that he was subjected to racist jeers from the Adelaide crowd, with Wellington lodging an official complaint after the match.

"Bad times poor result and racist abuse from a very small minority of fans #nothappy," Ifill posted on Twitter. "...It was a small minority no problem with a bit of banter but a line was crossed today."

Adelaide confirmed on Monday that they are assisting Football Federation Australia and Wellington Phoenix in identifying the culprits and imposing the maximum penalty possible.

"Adelaide United FC does not condone the reported spectator behaviour," the statement read. "The club is assisting stadium management and Football Federation Australia with its investigation and will support any sanction imposed on the guilty party.

"Adelaide United FC conveys its concerns to Paul Ifill, as this incident does not reflect views or expectations of Adelaide United FC or any Hyundai A-League club. The club will be making no further comment."