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Racism in Scottish football must be tackled “head on,” a leading charity has claimed.
Scottish football has been shamed by a number of alleged racist incidents over the past week.
Motherwell player Christian Mbulu was racially abused when playing against Hearts at Tynecastle and the Edinburgh club has subsequently banned two fans from the ground.
A Falkirk supporter was also given a warning by police for targeting Bairns striker Dennon Lewis, although there was not enough evidence to prove racist intent.
Then, pictures purporting to show Dundee United left back Jamie Robson in blackface for a fancy dress party were shared on social media.
The Tannadice club has vowed to speak to the player about the incident and leading anti-racist charity Show Racism the Red Card said it is confident the Terrors will deal with Robson’s alleged behaviour appropriately.
But the charity is now seeking a meeting with Scottish Government sports minister Joe FitzPatrick over how best to tackle racism in Scotland.
A spokeswoman said: “The use of blackface is an out-of-date practice which is rarely seen these days, demonstrating that public attitudes have long since moved on and that crude caricatures of black people should be considered unacceptable in modern day Britain.