Sikh referee racially abused online

Thursday 10th August 2017 05:00 EDT

Football anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out has initiated an investigation into an online racial abuse case against a Sikh referee. Sukhbir Singh, 33, who took charge of Chelsea's pre-season loss to Inter Milan in Singapore, over the weekend, was subjected to foul criticism for his performance in the International Champions Cup game that ended in a 2-1 defeat for Antonio Conte's team.

He gave a contentious penalty against Chelsea in first-half added time following a challenge by Cesar Azpilicueta on Inter forward Stefan Jovetic. Several people resorted to racist comments about the Indian-origin referee as the match was in process. Over the days, the comments remained on many of people's timelines. Members of the public reached out to Kick It Out who have now appointed a reporting officer who is currently liaising with relevant authorities.

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