CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL CLUB Swansea have said they are 'sickened' by the racist abuse sent to Michael Obafemi after the Ireland striker moved to Burnley
Obafemi (22), who scored 15 goals in 52 appearances for Swans has joined Burnley on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season but received racist abuse from several people online for making the move to the Championship leaders.
Obafemi's parent club Swansea tweeted that they reported the racist to the South Wales Place.
"The matter has been reported to South Wales Police, who are investigating. The club is sickened by the vile language used in the offending posts and is working to identify those responsible and take the strongest possible action," said the club
"Those responsible do not represent Swansea City or the values of our club and community. There is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind in society or football. Ourselves and Burnley will offer Michael every support in this matter."
Swansea City is aware of disgusting racist abuse posted on social media in relation to Michael Obafemi’s loan move to Burnley. pic.twitter.com/lLGJcQsyDk
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 30, 2023
Fans at the club have also come out and supported the Ireland forward
One account said, "Imagine hating on a player so much you resort to this kind of behaviour? Embarrassing."
"People can be absolute garbage. Good luck to Michael! Was unreal for the Swans last year," said another.
Speaking about his move Obafemi said, "The project that he is building is phenomenal. I see myself being part of it. I think I would be an idiot not to come here, you look at the career the manager has had, and I feel like I can learn so much from him. I feel like it is the right step in my career.
"I feel like I fell in love with the way they played the first time I saw them play against Huddersfield, it was amazing to watch, and I couldn't get my mind off it! To be part of it is special.
"I've almost manifested it, in a way. I've just been praying and hoping that it happens. It has and I'm thankful."
Obafemi is expected to be part of the Ireland squad when Stephen Kenny announces his team to play France on March 27th in their opening game of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign