Fulham footballer Cyrus Christie has claimed that his sister was beaten and racially abused by the club’s own fans today.
The team lost 1-0 to Barnsley and Christie said his sister was struck by a male Fulham fan, with his wife justifying his actions with ‘racist remarks’.
The football club has now launched an investigation into the incident, and promised to ‘take the strongest action possible’.
Scottish international Christie came on as substitute during the match, which was Fulham’s first since their relegation from the Premier League.
Cyrus Christie after Fulham’s match against Barnsley today. He said his sister was beaten and racially abused during the game
Christie said his sister was struck by a male Fulham fan, with his wife justifying his actions with ‘racist remarks’
He wrote on Twitter after the game: ‘To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope your proud of yourself and feel like a big man.
‘You’ll get what’s coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful.’
A statement from Fulham on Twitter read: ‘Fulham Football Club is investigating an incident which took place in the away end at the Barnsley v Fulham fixture this afternoon.
‘Should the perpetrators be identified, the Club will be taking the strongest possible action.’
Christie was recently involved in a documentary regarding racism and discrimination in sport with sportswear giants Nike.
He tweeted on Friday before the incident: ‘Great to be involved with @nike for their documentary on racism and discrimination in sport. @nike always pushing the boundaries compared to other brands to make a change.’