Sierra Leonean descent, Mohamed Fankaty Dabo who played as a right-back recently became a victim of racist abuse following the missed penalty in the Championship playoff final between Coventry and Luton Town.
The game ended 1-1 in normal and extra times and a penalty shoot-out followed. The penalties were just perfect and none of the first five shooters for either team missed or had their strike saved. But during the sudden death, someone had to miss and it was Coventry’s Fankaty Dabo.
Luton Town won the game, the Premier League promotion and around £140m as the prize for being promoted, which is why the game is often dubbed as the richest one in football. Coventry got nothing and their player was also racially abused.
Coventry City chairman wrote in a statement: “The messages sent to Fankaty were disgusting and there is no place for any person who sent such vile abuse at any of our games, and social media is not a hiding place to make these comments. The Club and our partners will support Fankaty, and we will not hesitate in taking action against those people found to have done this. Coventry is a tolerant and multi-cultural city that we are proud to represent, and there is no place any form of racism or discrimination in person or on social media.”