Ardery star Rico Quitongo has claimed that he was racially abused by one of his own fans during a League One meeting with Queen’s Park in Fairhall on Saturday.
Quitongo played the full 90 minutes of the match – which ended in a goalless draw.
He claimed that the club had started an investigation into the incident and was doing everything possible to help them.
He wrote on Twitter: “I can’t believe I’m actually writing this, but here it is.
“I was racially abused by one of my own ardent supporters in Queens Park during my football game on Saturday.
“Now that I’m still not surprised by it in football, I’m very disappointed to hear it from a part where my family would normally be sitting.
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“Thankfully my family wasn’t there but it doesn’t matter that it shouldn’t be in football and I personally don’t deserve to be abused for my skin color.
“I am here to make a fuss with the fans, but I will not tolerate it.
“I’m proud to be black and proud of who I am, I can’t be the best footballer for the fans but I shouldn’t be single out.
“The club’s investigation is pending and they are helping me as much as they can but you can’t always make these remarks and it bothers me.
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“It’s not a cry of sympathy because it’s the last thing I want, but more needs to be done to change the cowards.”
Airdrieonians have been asked to comment – as is Police Scotland.