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Fulham FC launch investigation after Irish defender Cyrus Christie alleges club's fans attacked and racially abused his sister

Republic of Ireland defender Cyrus Christie has claimed his sister was assaulted and racially abused during his club Fulham's opening game of the season. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
John Monaghan

FULHAM FC has pledged to investigate and "take the strongest action possible" after Ireland defender Cyrus Christie alleged his sister was physically assaulted and racially abused by fans.

Christie (26) made the comments on social media following Fulham's opening game of the new season against Barnsley on Saturday.

He wrote: "To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope you're proud of yourself and feel like a big man.

"You'll get what's coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful."

In a statement, Fulham FC said it was investigating the incident which took place in the away end.

"Should the perpetrators be identified, the club will be taking the strongest possible action."

Christie has won 22 caps for the Republic since making his debut in 2014, and was part of the squad which travelled to France for the European Championships three years ago.

Born in Coventry, he qualifies for Ireland through his grandmother, who was born in Dublin.

In November 2017, days after Ireland's World Cup 2018 play-off defeat to Denmark, the Football Association of Ireland referred social media messages sent to Christie to police.

The messages were alleged to have included racist comments.

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