Banbury United, the non-league side dumped out of the FA Cup by Berkshire outfit Bracknell Town, have released a statement condemning reports of racism.

Progressing 2-1, the first time the Robins have reached the first round proper in 21 years, it should have been a happy occasion for all at Bottom Meadow.

Just 24 hours after the match, player Anthony Cheshire tweeted: "Confused, angry and upset are just a few words to describe how I felt yesterday and how I feel right now, but I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that consoled and supported me yesterday. Football is an inclusive game, and everyone should feel safe playing it."

The club released their own statement, confirming that the FA and police had been informed and hoped the individuals could be caught and punished.

Opponents Banbury responded today, with their Board of Directors saying: "We lost to the better team in yesterday’s FA Cup tie. Bracknell Town deserved their win. We have enjoyed two years of success in the FA Cup, yesterday was not our day, it was Bracknell’s and we hope they get a great draw tomorrow.

"We await official correspondence from our opponents and the FA to help us investigate allegations of racism. As a club we will not tolerate racism, it has no place in society and we apologise to Bracknell and Anthony Cheshire for any racist comments that were made, individuals should not be subjected to this.

"Anyone identified as having made such comments will be banned by the club. Anyone who has any relevant evidence should please contact, in strictest confidence,"

The Southern League memebers find out their Round One opponents this evening, with fellow Berkshire side Maidenhead United also still in the hat.