It stems from a coconut being brown on the outside and white on the inside. Mr Singh, a postman from the West Midlands, is appalled by Mr Powar’s comments and has branded him a ‘hypocrite’.
A leading force in football’s battle against racism has been criticised after he called an Asian supporter a ‘coconut’.
Piara Powar, who is the executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) organisation, has been a vocal figure in the game’s recent rows.
But an exchange on Twitter has left Mr Powar, who is also Asian, embroiled in a race controversy of his own making.
Outburst: In a Twitter exchange Piara Powar, executive director of the Football Against Racism in Europe, sparked fury by telling Asian football fan Parmjit Singh not to be ‘a coconut’
Liverpool fan Parmjit Singh, 34, tweeted @piarapower: ‘Interesting how u haven’t given your opinion on the news that a £mufc fan was arrested on Wednesday for alleged racial abuse.’
He received a staggering reply from Mr Powar, who used Twitter’s private messaging function to contact Mr Singh, which said: ‘Get lost Singh. Have no false consciousness. Don’t be a coconut.’
Mr Singh was referring to Manchester United fan Howard Hobson, 57, who was today fined £200 for chanting racist abuse at a black Stoke City player during a match on January 31.