St Helens investigating ‘vile racist abuse’ at Super League opener

Super League couldn’t have got off to a better start last night with 2021 Super League Grand Finalists St Helens doing battle with Catalans Dragons once more.

Saints eventually ran out 28-8 winners with the game fast and frenetic – if too tasty at times – but for one fan, it wasn’t a night to write home about.

One 7-year-old had travelled to the Totally Wicked Stadium in Catalans Dragons gear hoping to support his adopted side, but his mother couldn’t have been more shocked at the events that unfolded

“First game of the new season should have been fun for Oliver tonight and it would have been had he not had to endure racist comments.”

His mother’s tweet said a small number of fans in the crowd “(had wrongly) assumed [Oliver] was French”.

“As a result of these comments he’s been left tearful and wondering if he even wants to wear his Dragons kit to games as he is worried it might happen again.

“As his mum, to see him so upset breaks my heart. He was just a little boy out to support a team, he did not deserve the abuse from a minority of narrow-minded and ignorant fans.”

But she said the stewards were “fantastic in giving Oliver reassurance once I had alerted them to the issues”.

Saints responded in class fashion: “Hi @Steeley0504 We’re so sorry to hear this. We do not condone abuse of any kind and we will be investigating this matter. We would like to invite you and your mum to join us in our Players’ Lounge when you’re next at a Saints game to show you we’re all a rugby league family.”

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