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Kevin's 'racism' claims

Published: 13 Aug 2012 12:300 comments

KEVIN Rutkiewicz has claimed that he was subjected to racial abuse by a Morton fan during Saturday's draw with Livingston.

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The defender clashed verbally with a supporter following his side's second goal and then again after the match, with goalkeeper Derek Gaston having to shepherd his team-mate from the incident.

Rutkiewicz, 32, insists that he heard an insulting shout pertaining to his Polish roots - his grandfather, Ernie, was born in Warsaw - aimed at him from a section of the crowd at the front of the Cowshed.

But while he maintains that the alleged comment was unacceptable, he also made it clear that he wants to put the incident behind him and focus on his career at the Cappielow club.

Speaking exclusively to the Tele, Rutkiewicz, pictured, said: "There were a few racist comments directed at myself from a fan in the crowd.

"The shouts were to do with being Polish so you could put it into that context. I just went over and asked who was throwing the comments about.

"I can certainly accept any sort of flack, being called names and things like that. But, for me, if it was a black player it wouldn't be seen as acceptable, so it should be one rule fits all.

"I don't want to make a big deal of it as it's not a big thing. I'm certainly not upset about it.

"At the time, in the heat of the game, I was in the throes of passion with us losing and missing chances, and in those circumstances you react.

"But as I say, it's nothing; it's over and done with. I'm certainly not here to make enemies. I'm here to win games for Morton and give my lot, which I always do.

"I might not be blessed with the greatest ability, but I'll certainly wear my heart on my sleeve and play with passion."

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