Watford support youth coach David Hughes' decision to pull players from the pitch after alleged racist incident

Watford Observer: Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant Watford youth coach Dave Hughes. Picture: Holly Cant

Hornets' youth-team coach David Hughes has the club’s full support after he decided to remove his players from the pitch during a game in Italy after an alleged racist comments.

The Golden Boys have so far refused to comment publicly on the matter but the Watford Observer understands Hughes has the club’s complete backing.

We understand the Hornets are working closely with the English FA as they request a full explanation from the Italian FA and organisers of the Wojtyla Cup, where the incident occured.

Hughes told his Under-19 players to leave the field 15 minutes into the second half against Serie B club Latina after alleged persistent comments by opposition players.

Racism charity Kick It Out are also looking into the incident.

Watford’s record goalscorer Luther Blissett, who spent time in Italy playing for AC Milan during the 1980s, praised Hughes’ decision.

He said: “It’s sad these things are still going on but it was absolutely right to take the team off.

“It’s good to know that somebody has done something about it rather than just accept it.

“The FA should investigate and if it’s been established that there was abuse, they should hand over to UEFA to dish out punishments.

“Don’t leave it to match officials to handle these things – once clubs know that they’re being watched from much higher up, people will start behaving.

“I think the Italians have cleaned up their act to an extent, but they’re still a long way behind this country.

“In terms of how they’ve treated black players, when I went to Italy in 1983, they were back where this country was when I started playing in 1975.

“But I’ve had some horrendous times in England.

“I was playing alongside John Barnes in a League Cup match at Leeds in the eighties when the crowd gave us a really bad time.

“At one point, the ball had gone behind and when I went to pick it up the crowd behind the goal, they started the Sieg Heil salute. They did it to a man.

“We answered it in the best possible way by winning 4-0.

“You couldn’t have taken a team off the field in those days – there would have been uproar but it’s the right thing to do now and I’m glad to see it’s happening.”

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1:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

jasonwatford says...

Luther a living legend
Luther a living legend jasonwatford

1:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

stewbyhorn says...

Well done Watford for standing by David's decision, lets hope this is dealt with by the authorities so I doesn't happen again
Well done Watford for standing by David's decision, lets hope this is dealt with by the authorities so I doesn't happen again stewbyhorn

1:24pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bob bell says...

This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character.
This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character. bob bell

1:32pm Fri 20 Dec 13

CLHornet says...

bob bell wrote:
This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character.
No where in this article does it say the club haven't supported David. The club haven't said anything publicly which is quite refreshing these days.

This article shows the club have fully supported David and are working with the FA to investigate what happens.
[quote][p][bold]bob bell[/bold] wrote: This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character.[/p][/quote]No where in this article does it say the club haven't supported David. The club haven't said anything publicly which is quite refreshing these days. This article shows the club have fully supported David and are working with the FA to investigate what happens. CLHornet

2:49pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bob bell says...

CLHornet wrote:
bob bell wrote:
This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character.
No where in this article does it say the club haven't supported David. The club haven't said anything publicly which is quite refreshing these days.

This article shows the club have fully supported David and are working with the FA to investigate what happens.
It's clear you have never managed people...certainly not very well !
[quote][p][bold]CLHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bob bell[/bold] wrote: This support from the club has taken far too long. David should have received immediate backing and complemented on his strength of character.[/p][/quote]No where in this article does it say the club haven't supported David. The club haven't said anything publicly which is quite refreshing these days. This article shows the club have fully supported David and are working with the FA to investigate what happens.[/p][/quote]It's clear you have never managed people...certainly not very well ! bob bell

3:21pm Fri 20 Dec 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Football as a sport needs to add a 4th element to a footballers skills. In addition to fitness, nutrition, tactics there should be diversity training.

The rest of us have to read staff handbooks at work and abide by them - its about time football clubs pushed this topic up the importance list. They only make it an issue if someone else forces them to do so, as they see their players as assets, seldom as a liability.
Football as a sport needs to add a 4th element to a footballers skills. In addition to fitness, nutrition, tactics there should be diversity training. The rest of us have to read staff handbooks at work and abide by them - its about time football clubs pushed this topic up the importance list. They only make it an issue if someone else forces them to do so, as they see their players as assets, seldom as a liability. gloryhornet4

9:06pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Cuetip says...

stewbyhorn wrote:
Well done Watford for standing by David's decision, lets hope this is dealt with by the authorities so I doesn't happen again
Absolutely . Proud. Of WFC . We must always stand up when people are being abused. Far too many especially in the political class are themselves guilty of bigotry while they parade themselves as members of the great and good
[quote][p][bold]stewbyhorn[/bold] wrote: Well done Watford for standing by David's decision, lets hope this is dealt with by the authorities so I doesn't happen again[/p][/quote]Absolutely . Proud. Of WFC . We must always stand up when people are being abused. Far too many especially in the political class are themselves guilty of bigotry while they parade themselves as members of the great and good Cuetip

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