The UBMHC does not condone any form of discrimination on or off the pitch, and are committed to removing racism from the sport that we enjoy playing so very much. As such, an allegation of racism against a UBMHC player during a game against the University of Gloucestershire was addressed with the utmost seriousness and respect. Following the incident, statements were taken from players involved and, alongside the complaint received, were used in a thorough investigation undertaken by the club alongside Bristol University Students Union and Sports, Exercise and Health Department.
The investigation found that the player involved did not racially abuse the University of Gloucestershire captain. However, we are aware that the player did use inflammatory language that incensed the University of Gloucestershire’s captain, and we apologize for the offence and distress caused. We are aware of how easy it is to overstep the mark in the heat of the battle, and resolve to improve our behavior on the pitch.
We will be implementing self-policing strategies and increasing the responsibility of senior committee and team members in moments such as these. We look forward to working alongside the Students union and Sports, Exercise and Health once more to continue the great progress this club is making.
We hope that our counterparts at the University of Gloucestershire will publicly acknowledge this result and revoke previous statements that they have publicly made about our club.
We are extremely satisfied with the manner and detail in which this investigation has been carried out and therefore confident that this is the correct outcome to an unpleasant situation. We look forward to extending our hospitality in the return fixture.
UBMHC Club Captain
Updated 17:49 - 29 Jun 2017 by William Stonehewer-Smith