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Derby aware of ‘racist and homophobic’ comments from their OWN fans to striker Kamil Jozwiak and a Peterborough rival

DERBY COUNTY are aware of alleged racist and homophobic comments made during today’s clash with Peterborough United.

The Championship crisis club travelled to London Road to take on Posh in front of a packed travelling contingent.

Derby took on Peterborough in the Championship

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Derby took on Peterborough in the ChampionshipCredit: Rex

Since full-time, accusations of racist and homophobic comments towards Derby star Kamil Jozwiak and an unnamed Peterborough player have been made by Rams supporters’ group Punjabi Rams.

They wrote on Twitter: “A disappointing result but what was even more disappointing was the fact a minority of our fans made a homophobic slur towards a Peterborough player and racist comments towards Jozwiak.

“We’ve reported the incidents and encourage others to do the same if heard or seen.”

Acknowledging the accusations, Derby responded in a brief statement: “We thank Punjabi Rams for rightly reporting these incidents and do not, in any way, condone these actions.

“We will work with the relevant authorities to determine who these individuals were.

“Enough is enough.”

An EFL spokesperson told SunSport: “The EFL is sickened and saddened to hear allegations of homophobic and racist abuse at Peterborough United v Derby County today.

“The message is clear, discrimination, prejudice and abuse, whether in the stadium or online has absolutely no place in our game.

“The EFL and its Clubs stand together against discrimination and those who do not agree are not welcome.”

Derby’s off-season was marred by a number of off-field issues – with manager Wayne Rooney having to cobble together a team at the last minute.

The Rams drew their Championship opener 1-1 with Covid-hit Huddersfield Town last weekend.

They then bowed out of the League Cup to Salford City on penalties in mid-week.

Rams supporters were hoping for a better outcome against the Posh, when Jack Stretton gave them a 77th minute lead.

But that advantage evaporated in stoppage time – with Harrison Burrows equalising in the 91st minute before Siriki Dembele fired home a dramatic winner in the 100th minute.

Wayne Rooney watched on as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat

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Wayne Rooney watched on as his side fell to a 2-1 defeatCredit: PA
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