A week or so ago, Celtic announced they would be launching a full investigation into alleged racist abuse aimed at both Boli Bolingoli and Odsonne Edouard during their Europa League qualifier against AIK.
Since then, the Swedish side have remained rather quiet about the matter, but Friday morning saw the club’s stadium safety officer Jens Andersson come out and explain a ‘full internal investigation’ had been completed, but some people still needed to be interviewed, meaning the probe would be ‘extended’.
Speaking to Fotbollskanalen back in Sweden, the same club director talked about the matter in more depth.
He said: “We want to get to the bottom of this and ensure what happened in our stands doesn’t happen again. We’ve seen the video. It’s regrettable that we are discussing these types of issues at all. It’s clear in AIK’s statutes, everyone is welcome at the club regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, gender and nationality.
“Of course, the club is obviously strongly opposed to all forms of racism. We are now going to create as good a picture as possible, but at the same time, we are not a police authority with their resources and powers. It’s about good supporter dialogue to find out as much information as possible”.
Andersson also revealed they would be ‘talking to Celtic about it’ in the near future, adding he had ‘never had to deal with these types of events’ in his career prior to the past couple of weeks.
He ended by explaining that once the investigation was complete, AIK had the obligation to share their findings with club members and shareholders to keep them informed.