A Basildon United supporter has been handed a lifetime ban from their ground after an opposing player was subjected to "racial abuse".

New Salamis FC welcomed Basildon United FC on Easter Monday at the Coles Park Stadium, in Haringey, for the Isthmian League North fixture.

And during the away game, which ended with the Bees 4-0 down, it was reported that New Salamis players had been the subject of racial abuse.

New Salamis player Siao Blackwood took to X - formerly Twitter - after the match to say he had been the victim of racist abuse at the game by opposing fans who he once played for.

He said he was "hurt" and brought to tears by the incident, and thanked his team mates, manager and coaching staff as well as former Basildon team mates for their support.

New Salamis joint manager Finlay Johnson urged Basildon to investigate the actions of "further individuals", while he acknowledged that the club had "acted quickly" in banning the individual from their Gardiners Close home ground for life, and supplying their name.

Basildon United later said in a statement: "At our game this afternoon, a New Salamis player was the subject of racial abuse from a Basildon United supporter.

"Basildon United Football Club is an inclusive and diverse football club and behaviour of this kind is totally unacceptable and simply will not be tolerated.

"The individual in question has been identified and has immediately been given a lifetime ban from The Hive.

"We stand with the player who suffered the abuse and New Salamis and will cooperate fully with The FA in any investigation."

New Salamis FC, which is based in North London, also issued a statement after the incident.

"Unfortunately today our players were the victims of racist abuse," a spokesman said. 

"We are proud to be a diverse club and we will not stand for any kind of discrimination.

"Our support for our players will be as strong as our conviction in seeking punishment for the racist in question."