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Police Probe 'Racist' Football Fan Gesture
Police are investigating after a football fan was caught on camera apparently making a monkey gesture at a black Premier League player.
Sunderland have promised to help identify the supporter who appeared to make the racist gesture during the club's 4-2 defeat at home against West Brom on Saturday.
A photograph of Belgium international Romelu†Lukaku - on loan from Chelsea - celebrating after scoring his side's third goal shows a Sunderland fan reacting angrily in the stands behind.
The fan, in a grey flat cap, seems to be mimicking a monkey, in contrast to others around him who remain seated with their arms crossed, looking unhappy.
The incident bore similarities to one at Stamford Bridge earlier this season when Manchester United's Danny Welbeck was abused by a Chelsea fan.
A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "Police are carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland vs West Brom match on Saturday.
"A report was received at 10.10pm on Saturday, November 24."
A Sunderland spokesman said the club had a "zero-tolerance" policy towards racism.
what do you think?
Totally unacceptable, mind you it was never a penalty.
who cares. i'm sick of hearing these racist football claims every day
Kneecaps. You and me both but better get used to them as the thought police haven't even got started yet. Much easier than stamping out anti social behaviour which blights peoples lives