MX23RW : Monday, June 14 19:11:07| >> :60:487:487:

Roberto Martinez: 'Arouna Kone, Steven Pienaar hurt by racist abuse'

Everton manager Roberto Martinez admits that Arouna Kone and Steven Pienaar were "hurt" by the alleged racial abuse they received during their FA Cup clash with Carlisle.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that Arouna Kone and Steven Pienaar were "hurt" by alleged racist abuse during their FA Cup victory over Carlisle United this afternoon.

Police are investigating an incident which is said to have occurred in the immediate aftermath of Everton's first goal in their 3-0 win, which saw Kone give the Toffees the lead after less than two minutes.

Both managers agreed for an announcement to be made condemning such behaviour, but Martinez stressed that it was a "one-off incident" in an otherwise good-natured match.

"We will help the police, Carlisle and everyone to make sure that it doesn't happen again," Martinez told reporters.

"[Kone and Pienaar] are okay. I think they were sensitive and hurt at that moment - probably they were fearful about the game developing into a difficult afternoon. But it was a one-off incident.

"As you know, there is no room for that sort of behaviour. But I must stress it was a very small minority and I want to believe that it was just an emotional reaction to the disappointment of conceding a goal."

Everton's reward for beating their League Two opponents is a visit to face Bournemouth at Dean Court in the fifth round.

ID:265391: cacheID:265391:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:2586:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Arouna Kone celebrates scoring the opener during the FA Cup game between Carlisle and Everton on January 31, 2016
Read Next:
Police investigate 'racist' Kone abuse

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Todays Game Header Right
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!