Crawley Town FC manager John Yems out after allegations he used discriminatory language

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“We look forward to the next era of Crawley Town Football Club,” club co-chairman Preston Johnson said on Friday.

“We have the opportunity to build on over 125 years of rich history and take this club to the next level. We look forward to partnering with our players and supporters as we build a team and a community that the Red Devils fans can continue to be proud of — both on and off the pitch.”

CNN attempted to contact Yems through the club but did not immediately respond.

Earlier, the English FA told CNN they were investigating the allegations made against Yems. The FA told CNN on Friday that its position still stands.

In April, the club announced that Yems had been suspended pending an investigation and said racism and discrimination of any kind would not be tolerated.

“Crawley Town Football Club have been made aware of serious and credible accusations that first-team manager John Yems has used discriminatory language and behavior towards our players,” the club said in a statement. a statement on April 23.

“We take these allegations seriously and, with immediate effect, have suspended him indefinitely while we investigate and consider further punitive action. Let’s be clear: Crawley Town Football Club stands behind our players, staff and supporters, and we We will never tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Tony Burnett, CEO of equality and inclusion organization Kick It Out, said: “I want to be clear, these are allegations. But allegations that are extremely concerning nonetheless.

“If football is going to move beyond incidents like these, we need to give anyone who witnesses discrimination like this the power to report it. We need people to feel safe knowing that their reports will be taken seriously and that they have the support of wider allies.

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Crawley Town FC currently sit 12th in League Two and are set to play on May 7 against Oldham Athletic.

The club said the search for a new manager would begin immediately and assistant manager Lewis Young would continue to serve as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season.

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