Police probe racist incident involving City player

Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse following

an altercation between Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov

and a Newcastle supporter during a Premier League match on


Kolarov, who is Serbian, was warming up as a substitute when he

is believed to have become involved in a lengthy exchange with a

fan who was carrying an Albanian flag.

Northumbria Police say they have ”received a report of racist

language having been used at the St James’ Park stadium,” adding

that ”enquiries are ongoing into the incident.”

There is a long history of tension between Serbia and Albania,

particularly over the disputed region of Kosovo.

Kolarov came on as a 37th-minute substitute in City’s 3-1