Reds back racism sanctions

Adelaide United say the club will support any sanctions on fans found guilty of racist abuse, following alleged comments made by a spectator to Paul Ifill.

Adelaide United say the club will back any penalties imposed on abusive fans, following alleged racist comments made by a spectator to Wellington Phoenix forward Paul Ifill during Sunday-s match at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Ifill is suspected to have been called a derogatory racial term when he was substituted from the ground in the 61st minute of Adelaide-s 3-1 victory over the Phoenix.

Ifill tweeted after the game, "Bad times poor result and racist abuse from a very small minority of fans".

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the club said, "Adelaide United FC does not condone the reported spectator behaviour. The club is assisting stadium management and Football Federation Australia with its investigation and will support any sanction imposed on the guilty party.

"Adelaide United FC conveys its concerns to Paul Ifill, as this incident does not reflect views or expectations of Adelaide United FC or any Hyundai A-League club."