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Men's Rugby League Salford Red Devils invite racist graffiti victims as guests of honour

THE chief executive of Salford Red Devils has said he wants to show the victims of a racist graffiti attack the “true community of Salford” by inviting them as guests of honour for their match against St Helens on February 28. 

David Yamba, 10, found “No Blacks” painted on doors at his home on February 8, five days after his family had moved in.

Red Devils chief executive Ian Blease told BBC Radio Manchester: “When I read about it on Sunday before our game against Leeds, I was absolutely appalled. I’ve worked around those areas of Salford my whole life so I know what it’s like and I know it’s tough.

“Having a family of my own, my heart went out to his son and I thought I need to do something here as we’re a community.

“I thought what better gesture than getting him down and showing them rugby league? [Salford player] Jackson Hastings came on board saying ‘let him walk out with me down the tunnel’.

“It’s genuinely not a PR stunt, we just want to help because we feel for them.”

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.

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