Crawley part company with manager John Yems after racial segregation allegations

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Crawley Town announced they have agreed to "part ways" with manager John Yems on Friday afternoon following allegations of racial segregation.

The former Reds gaffer, 62, was initially suspended for allegations he used discriminatory language towards his players. And further developments saw players from the League Two club report Yems to the Professional Footballers' Association for separating individuals into different dressing rooms based on the colour of their skin.

Assistant manager Lewis Young is set to continue serving as interim boss for the remainder of the current season, while the club "immediately" begins a "global search" for its next manager.

An official club statement by co-chairman Preston Johnson read: “We’re looking forward to the next era of Crawley Town Football Club.

“We have an opportunity to build on more than 125 years of rich history and take this club to the next level.

"We’re eager to partner with our players and supporters as we build a team and community that Red Devils fans can continue to be proud of — both on and off the pitch.”

The FA's disciplinary department had weighed up whether to charge Yems in relation to a breach of rule E3, which prohibits discrimination against another individual's 'protected characteristics' such as race or religion.

Yems took over the reins of the West Sussex club back in December 2019 for his second stint having been joint caretaker in the 2006/07 season. Crawley sit 12th in League Two on 60 points and next travel away to Oldham Athletic.

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