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Police arrest Swansea fan over racial abuse

Akshy Sridhar
728   //    09 Dec 2012, 12:27 IST

Police have arrested a Swansea City fan who is said to have made a racial gesture in the direction of Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong.

Bassong complained to the  match referee Howard Webb and then the Swansea officials identified the individual from the television footage.

Bassong scored his third goal in four matches taking their lead to 2-0, but the incident happened after Robert Snodgrass’s strike, the  team’s fourth goal, during the Canaries’ 4-3 win over Swansea City in the English Premier League.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton said, “I can only tell you what I have been made aware of, which is that there was a gesture made to Sebastien Bassong. Credit to Swansea City Football Club, I think they have identified the individual and that is now in the hands of the right authorities.”

A Swansea city spokesman confirmed the news later saying, “There was an incident after Norwich’s fourth goal. Sebastien Bassong made the referee aware there was a racist gesture towards him from a Swansea City fan.

“Within 10 minutes of the report the stewards had got hold of the TV footage, replayed it, identified the alleged person in question and within that period he was arrested for a racially aggravated public order offence.

“The matter is with the police, but from the club’s point of view we abhor racism and we have worked hard over the years to make this a family club.

“We will look into it and a further statement will follow in due course.”

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Akshy Sridhar
An ardent Indian cricket fan who knows some football and tennis. Considers Rahul Dravid as his idol; loves Roger Federer and Manchester United!
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