Swansea fan arrested for alleged racial abuse
A Swansea fan was arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture
toward Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong during a Premier League
match on Saturday.
The incident took place after Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich’s
fourth goal in the 77th minute to clinch a 4-3 win in south
Bassong, the Cameroon international who had scored earlier in
the game, went to celebrate with his teammates but quickly motioned
to referee Howard Webb that he believed he had been the victim of a
”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 offense,” Swansea said. ”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.”
Norwich’s Chris Hughton, who is the Premier League’s only black
manager, praised Swansea for taking quick action.
”It is disappointing because it was a wonderful football match
out there today, but Swansea have dealt with it in the correct
way,” Hughton said.
In the past year, there have been several instances of racism by
fans at Premier League matches.