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06th May 2022

Crawley Town manager John Yems sacked after claims of racism towards his own players

Daniel Brown

The FA is investigating the claims against John Yems following his suspension

Crawley Town manager John Yems has been sacked following claims he used discriminatory language and behaviour against his own players.

The Reds released a statement on Friday (May 6) to announce that the club had ‘mutually agreed to part ways with John Yems, effective immediately.’

It comes after, as reported by Sky Sports, seven footballers took their complaints to the PFA who are investigating, with the FA and the club’s new American owners also starting investigations.

An FA spokesperson has told Sky: “We are aware of allegations made against Crawley Town Manager John Yems.

“We are treating the allegations extremely seriously and are currently conducting an investigation into them. We cannot comment further until that has concluded.”

Yems was suspended 12 days ago when the club’s new owners discovered the allegations. He denies the claims.

According to the Daily Mail, the FA are investigating him for for allegedly targeting his players with racist insults including “suicide bomber”, “terrorist” and “Zulu Warrior”, as well as the claims he ran a segregated training ground.

Crawley’s new American owners, investment group WAGMI United, acted quickly to remove Yems from his position after hearing the disturbing allegations made against him.

He was ordered to leave the team hotel less than two hours before a league game against Mansfield, with assistant manager Lewis Young taking charge in his place.

A former Crawley player alleged that players at the League Two club were segregated in the changing rooms on racial grounds, with players from ethnic backgrounds made to change away from their white teammates.

Sky News spoke to a former Crawley player, who left the club after being managed by Yems. The player insisted he remained anonymous, but said claims about his former manager’s racist language and behaviour were “all true”.

Following the sacking of Yems, Preston Johnson, co-chairman of Crawley Town FC, said: “We’re looking forward to the next era of Crawley Town Football Club.

“We have an opportunity to build on more than 125 years of rich history and take this club to the next level.

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