Crawley suspends manager John Yems after accusations of racist language towards players

The 62-year-old will not be in the dugout on Saturday for Crawley’s League Two clash at Mansfield as the club investigates the ‘serious and credible’ allegations.

Crawley Town manager John Yems has been suspended by the club

Crawley Town have suspended manager John Yems indefinitely after ‘serious and credible’ allegations were made against him using discriminatory language towards players at the club.

The 62-year-old will not be in the dugout for Crawley’s League Two game on Saturday at Mansfield Town. A statement posted to the club’s website on Saturday morning said: “On Friday evening, Crawley Town Football Club were made aware of serious and credible accusations that first-team manager John Yems used abusive language and discriminatory behavior towards our players.

“We take these allegations seriously and, with immediate effect, have suspended him indefinitely while we investigate and consider further punitive action. Let’s be clear: Crawley Town Football Club stands behind our players, staff and supporters, and we We will never tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex on Saturday, Yems said it was “the first he has heard of the allegations” and that he “has not been contacted directly by the club”.

Yems is in his second term in charge of the Sussex club after being appointed in December 2019. His current contract runs until the end of the 2022-23 campaign. He was previously interim co-chief during the 2006-07 season. The incident is a slice of unwanted attention for the new owners of Crawley, who only recently completed a takeover.

Yems on his second spell at Crawley Town

WAGMI United LLC completed the purchase of the club in early April. The company is to use non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a model of ownership, allowing people around the world to make decisions about the club, while generating valuable revenue streams. NFTs have no physical form but can be bought or sold.

Once their ownership has been confirmed, co-founders Preston Johnson and Eben Smith have pledged to build a “global community of fans” despite the club having little reach outside of Sussex and averaging average attendance this season of just 2,249 – the second lowest in the EFL.

Despite the bold promises, many questioned the policy. Respected football finance expert Kieran Maguire, who runs the popular Price of Football Twitter account and podcast, has serious concerns about the deal.

Crawley was picked up earlier this month by WAGMI United

He said: “It’s a very volatile, unregulated and easily manipulated market. If you want to participate in it under these circumstances, I wish you luck. There’s nothing wrong with new people coming in, if they want to engage with fans, that’s great. If engagement means you have to buy fan tokens, I think they said you can vote for new admins. But if anything seems too much beautiful to be true, it usually tends, in my experience, not to be true.”

Crawley is currently 12th in the table with four games remaining in the season. They are nine points from the play-offs and realistically, even if they won all four games, they would probably fall short of seventh place.

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