‘Racial abuse’ of ex Blade

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FORMER Sheffield United midfielder Paul Ifill has accused fans of racially abusing him during an A-League match in Australia.

The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Wellington Phoenix, Australia, in was allegedly called a derogatory racial term when he was substituted in the 61st minute of his side’s 3-1 defeat at Adelaide United.

“Bad times, poor result and racist abuse from a very small minority of fans,” Ifill tweeted after the game.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert would not discuss the allegations after the match.

“It’s not for me to confirm or deny, it’s best to go through that process and talk to Adelaide,” he said.

An spokesman for the Adelaide club said that they were aware of the situation and would investigate the matter.