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Kick It Out Statement

15 May 2019

Kick It Out have unreservedly apologised to Brighton & Hove Albion FC, its chairman Tony Bloom, and the club’s board of directors and staff for any inference in comments made in an interview in the Daily Telegraph by Troy Townsend, the organisation's head of development, that the club’s dismissal of Chris Hughton as its first-team manager on Monday was in any way linked to his ethnicity and also for the impact the comments have had on the club’s reputation and the reputation of its senior officials.

Kick It Out and Troy Townsend fully accept that through its current employment of BAME coaches at senior levels, and the club’s long term engagement with and support for Kick It Out’s various campaigns and events, Brighton & Hove Albion FC has fully demonstrated its commitment to eradicating discrimination of all types, and to consistently providing opportunities for BAME coaches. Nobody at Kick It Out will make any further comment on this matter.

Brighton & Hove Albion do not wish to comment further on this issue.

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