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Dundee United defender Jamie Robson disciplined for blackface fancy dress



A footballer has been disciplined after he painted his face black for a fancy dress party earlier this month.

Dundee United defender Jamie Robson was pictured on social media at a players’ party.

He wore an umbrella hat with a hi-vis vest while holding two cardboard signs, one which said “buy 1 get 5 free!” and the other reading “cheap as chips”.

The Scottish Championship club launched an investigation into the 20-year-old’s behaviour.

 Jamie Robson of Dundee United in action during the pre-season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee United at Glebe Park on July 3, 2018 in Brechin, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Dundee United launched an investigation into the incident

In a statement issued a statement on Wednesday, the club said: “Dundee United can confirm Jamie Robson has been disciplined in relation to his actions at a players’ social event earlier this month.

“As a club, we have high standards concerning the behaviour and actions of our staff, and on this occasion, Jamie has fallen short of these expected standards.

“Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity.

“The player’s actions were potentially offensive and, with the club’s support, he will undertake some diversity and inclusion training.”

As part of the statement, Robson said: “I fully accept the naivety of my actions and can see that my actions fall short of what is expected by a professional footballer.

“As soon as I became aware that I could offend, I took immediate action and removed both the make-up and costume.

“I want to apologise for any offence I have caused, and I have also apologised to the club for not adhering to the standards expected.”

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