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Crawley parts ways with manager John Yems after racism allegations

Crawley has announced the departure of manager John Yems following an investigation into allegations he used discriminatory language and behavior against his own players.

Yems was suspended by the League Two club last month following what he described as “serious and credible” allegations made against the 62-year-old.

A club statement on Friday confirmed Yems’ departure but made no reference to the allegations and said the decision was made by mutual consent.

Crawley co-chairman Preston Johnson said: “We look forward to the next era of Crawley Town Football Club.

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

“We look forward to partnering 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.”

Yems’ alleged conduct is being investigated by the Football Association, which issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday.

It read: ‘We are aware of the allegations made against Crawley manager John Yems. We take these allegations very seriously and are currently investigating them. We cannot comment further until this is complete.

John Yems had been in charge of Crawley since December 2019 (Kieran Cleeves/PA)

The Daily Mail reported that the allegations against Yems included the use of discriminatory language towards the club’s black and Asian players and the segregation of the training ground.

Yems was appointed manager in December 2019 and guided the club to two consecutive 12th-place finishes, the position he currently holds with one game to go.

Assistant manager Lewis Young will continue as interim manager for the club’s final game of the season at relegated Oldham on Saturday.