ISL 2017: Police promises action after Chennayin supporters harass NEUFC female fan

A video has gone viral on social media of a man harassing a NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC) female supporter during the side’s clash with Chennaiyin FC at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.

Reacting sharply to the incident, John Abraham, owner of NEUFC, said the club stands by its passionate supporters.   -  PTI

A video has gone viral on social media of a man harassing a NorthEast United Football Club (NEUFC) female supporter during the side’s clash with Chennaiyin FC at the Nehru Stadium here on Thursday.

Reacting sharply to the incident, John Abraham, owner of NEUFC, said the club stands by its passionate supporters. “It is deeply disturbing to me when sports become an unsafe or inharmonious place for anyone. Everything I have taken back from sport has been only positive from learning to take loss with a sense of sportsmanship, winning with humility.”

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Abraham said he commiserated with the harassed girl. “To the girl, who was victimised by these insensitive and thoughtless people, we stand with you and you’ll never feel alone as you must have felt in that moment. I will personally meet you and make sure you are OK. To the fans, who troubled you, I’ll call (them) fake fans because Abhishek (Bachchan), co-owner of Chennaiyin or myself would never condone this behaviour.”

Chennaiyin in a statement said: “(It) has a very strict and firm policy against racism and any unbecoming behaviour in the stadium. The club strongly condemns any such act. We are looking into any such incidents and will take strong action against it.”

Meanwhile, Mr. S. Rajendran, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Kilpauk) said: “We are tracing the youngsters using the video and CCTV footage. We will take further action based on them.”