QPR U18s walk off pitch in protest after being racially abused by Spanish side Nervion

By | 14th August 2019

QPR’S under-18 team walked off in protest after being racially abused by their opponents.

Skipper Trent Mahorn was the first player targeted in the game with Spanish side Nervion.

Trent Mahorn led the QPR walk-off after he was subjected to vile racist abuse in Spain

Mahorn and his team-mates urged the Spanish referee to intervene.

Instead, the official did nothing, with further racial abuse directed at the Rangers players by members of the Spanish team, based in a suburb of Seville and the third club in the city.

Continued refusal by any of the officials to intervene saw the skipper and his side taking matters into their own hands.

Mahorn and his colleagues went over to under-18 coach and former QPR, Chelsea, Watford and Birmingham striker Paul Furlong, to explain what had been going on.

Furlong immediately agreed that the abuse was utterly unacceptable and accompanied his players into the dressing room, with the match abandoned.


QPR are backing the players completely, believing they showed maturity and bravery in difficult circumstances.

The club launched an investigation as soon as they were informed of the incident, which took place in the third game of a tournament which also saw matches against Sevill and Cadiz.

QPR are demanding action and an explanation from the Spanish side.

A Kick It Out statement read: “We will always back players and teams who leave the pitch after suffering significant discriminatory abuse, especially if they have followed the correct protocols.

“Kick It Out’s Head of Development, Troy Townsend, visited Queens Park Rangers just last month to help prepare players and staff for what may happen on tour.

“We have been in constant communication with the club since this incident, and will continue to support all football clubs and players in the fight against discrimination in the game.”


QPR CEO Lee Hoos added: “We take a very strong stance against racism and will not tolerate one of our players being subjected to the despicable comments experienced.

“I applaud Paul Furlong and his staff for reacting in such a manner and doing everything within their powers to protect the players.

“I am also very proud of our Under 18s who showed such maturity in the face of unacceptable provocation.

“Had this incident occurred in England I have no doubts the issue would be dealt with swiftly with a strong punishment by the FA.

“Unfortunately, it seems some countries have a long way to go in this respect and I urge UEFA to take the strongest possible action as incidents of this nature are happening far too often.

“At QPR we must not, and will not, stand for it.

“We have made many great strides in tackling racism in football but sadly there is still a long way to go.”

QPR released a statement praising their Under-18s for walking off and condemning the horrible incident
Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun

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