Diallang Jaiyesimi, a Nigerian midfielder playing for St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership, faced racial abuse on social media after being sent off in a recent match against Rangers. The 25-year-old midfielder received a red card in the 33rd minute for a tackle on Rangers’ John Lundstram, impacting his team’s performance.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, St Johnstone managed to hold off further goals until the 85th minute when Rangers’ James Tavernier sealed the win with a penalty. The defeat dropped St Johnstone to the 9th spot in the 12-team Scottish Premiership, while Rangers moved closer to the top.
Following the match, Jaiyesimi became the target of racial abuse on social media, particularly on the X platform. St Johnstone, in response to the racial attacks, issued a statement condemning the “unacceptable behavior” and expressing full support for the footballer.
The club announced its intention to report the racial abuse to Police Scotland for further investigation. In a statement, they said, “We are aware of a racist tweet circulating that was aimed at Diallang Jaiyesimi tonight. We will pass this on to Police Scotland to investigate. Say no to racism.”
Jaiyesimi, who joined St Johnstone on a season-long loan from Charlton on September 1, 2023, has played in seven Scottish Premiership games, scoring a goal. Born in Southwark, England, to Nigerian parents, he is eligible to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, having not represented any England youth team.