Fabrice Muamba's 12-year-old son 'received racist abuse in school rugby game'

By Josh O'Brien

Ex- Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has taken to twitter to claim that his 12-year-old son was the victim of racist abuse while participating in a rugby match at one of the country's top schools.

As a result, Manchester Grammar School have launched an internal investigation after Muamba tweeted that his 12-year-old son "received monkey chants" from opponents after scoring a try.

Updating his followers with the news, Muamba wrote: "Today my 12 year old son received monkey chants for scoring at a rugby game.

"The culprits were @MGSMagic students, @MGSMagic I hope this incident will be addressed within your team and school. Racism is learnt, be careful what you are teaching your children."

The school have already issued a statement of their own, that read: "Manchester Grammar School condemns any form of racism. We are a diverse schools with pupils from all backgrounds, and we take any allegations of racism incredibly seriously.

"Racism is abhorrent and we know the damage, distress and upset it causes. It is something we talk about regularly to all pupils.

"We have already launched a full investigation to establish what happened and we will take the appropriate action. As part of that inquiry we will be speaking to the family as soon as possible to offer our support and address their concerns."

The incident occurred during a match in Stockport on Saturday at the grammar school that charges annual fees of £13,000 and boasts famous faces such as Nobel Prize winner and chemist Prof John Polanyi and Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley among their former pupils.

Last year, the school was urged to improve its teaching of British colonialism from both current and former pupils in the wake of the murder of African-American man George Floyd in the United States.

Fabrice Muamba warned Manchester Grammar School: "Be careful what you are teaching your children." (PA)

The school said : "A group of current and former pupils have contacted us to request that we look closely at our Year 7-9 curriculum, with a view to placing a sharper focus on the inherent racial divisions in our society. We think that we can do more than this, and that we should look more broadly at the problem, but also look beyond our own walls.

"What we hope to do, therefore, is to develop curriculum materials to be used across all year groups, from Junior School to Sixth Form, which can broaden the scope of existing teaching in a wide range of subjects, in addition to developing new lines of academic study for pupils."

Muamba meanwhile, is a football coach nowadays after he was forced to call time on his playing career at just 24 years of age after he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup quarter-final in 2012.


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