Two Birmingham Metropolis followers have been arrested on suspicion of aiming racist abuse at Peterborough defender Nathan Thompson throughout Saturday’s Championship match on the Weston Properties Stadium.
Thompson reported the incident, which occurred through the second half, instantly to the referee, Jarred Gillett, who spoke with the fourth official earlier than the 2 people have been recognized and detained.
Birmingham mentioned they’d proceed to help the police of their investigations and “firmly help the motion taken in opposition to anybody discovered responsible of such abhorrent behaviour”.
“We reiterate our zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of any type of discrimination. Soccer’s wealthy historical past is constructed upon and stronger for its range,” the membership added in a press release.
Peterborough mentioned in a press release: “The soccer membership condemns any type of discrimination and can work with the authorities.”
The sport completed in a 3-0 victory for hosts Peterborough as Darren Ferguson’s facet ended a run of 4 straight league defeats, whereas Birmingham slipped to a second loss in 4 days.
Police launch investigation into alleged racist abuse in the direction of Swansea’s Williams by Luton fan
Following a separate Championship match on Saturday, police have launched an investigation into an allegation of racial abuse aimed toward Swansea defender Rhys Williams by a Luton City fan.
Swansea, who signed Williams on a season-long mortgage from Liverpool, mentioned an official report was filed with the match official, Tony Harrington, and Bedfordshire Police at full-time.
“Officers have been to the bottom to hold out enquiries and are working with Luton City to determine the individuals concerned,” they mentioned in a membership assertion.
“Rhys has the total backing of everybody on the soccer membership and we’re in dialogue along with his father or mother membership Liverpool close to making certain the participant has all of the help he wants.”
Luton mentioned any particular person discovered to have made discriminatory remarks can have the “strictest sanctions” imposed by the membership.
In a membership assertion they added: “Luton City abhors racism and with our stadium located in one of the vital racially and culturally numerous areas of the nation, we’re happy with our historic report in preventing it.
“The membership has, and at all times can have, a zero tolerance coverage on discrimination of any type. It’s not acceptable in the direction of anybody in soccer or wider society, both on-line or in particular person, and we are going to proceed to work with the police with their enquiries on this matter. We’re additionally providing Rhys and Swansea our full help.”
Swansea fought again from 3-0 down at half-time to claim a point at Kenilworth Highway.
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