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Leyton Orient slams racist abuse targeted at striker Dan Aygei

The football player was on the receiving end of social media abuse following Leyton Orient’s game against Reading on Saturday, reports Marco Marcelline

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Leyton Orient has condemned online racist abuse that was directed at its striker Dan Agyei over the weekend.

Dan had scored a penalty during Leyton Orient FC’s 1-1 draw against Reading on Saturday (27th January).

As the BBC reports, Dan was on the receiving end of abuse posted on X (formerly Twitter) following the match.

In a statement on its website, Leyton Orient said it was “angered by and strongly condemns the racist abuse sent to Dan Agyei following Saturday’s draw against Reading in Sky Bet League One”.

The statement continued: “There is no room for racism in football or society and Leyton Orient has a zero tolerance policy towards all forms of discrimination.

“The club are working with Reading, social media platforms, and the relevant authorities to identify those responsible for the abuse and will insist that the strongest possible punishments are brought to them.”

Reading FC also publicly condemned the abuse, which was reportedly from its side.

In an X post on Saturday, Leyton Orient posted a photo of Agyei with the caption, “We are all with you @Dan_Aygei”. The tweet prompted a wave of support from fans, with one X user writing: “Absolutely disgusted to hear this, such hate has no place in the game. Hope Dan’s alright and whoever made the comments faces consequences.”

Dan has not publicly commented on the abuse.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) has confirmed to the BBC that it is investigating the abuse.

A spokesperson for TVP said: “Hate crime has a significant impact on both individual victims and our communities.

“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate any form of discrimination and we are grateful to members of the public reporting this matter to us,” they added.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation into the post that was published on X.”

Dan Aygei has been playing for Leyton Orient since June 2023, after the Brisbane Road club bagged him from Crewe Alexandra. In twelve appearances so far this season, he has scored four goals and one assist.

Reading FC and Leyton Orient were contacted for further comment.