Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Police launch race investigation

The police have launched an investigation into alleged racist gestures at Stamford Bridge
The police have launched an investigation into alleged racist gestures at Stamford Bridge

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they have opened an investigation into alleged racist behaviour by a Chelsea supporter.

A photograph published in the national press appeared to show a fan making a 'monkey' gesture during the Blues' Capital One Cup fourth-round win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

The move by police comes after the club confirmed they had launched their own investigation into the incident.

A statement from police read: "Today, Thursday, November 1, police have received a complaint regarding alleged racist behaviour at Stamford Bridge last night, Wednesday, October 31.

"An investigation has been launched. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue."

The matter comes at a sensitive time for Chelsea having lodged a formal complaint with the Football Association against referee Mark Clattenburg for using "inappropriate language" towards midfielder John Obi Mikel. That matter is also being investigated by police.

A statement from the club read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm we are investigating an incident involving a member of the crowd at last night's game against Manchester United.

"The club will be examining all available footage and asks anyone who can identify the individual to contact the club.

"Chelsea FC is committed to removing all forms of discrimination and if we have sufficient evidence we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution."

Press Association Sport understands Chelsea were planning to contact police themselves regarding this latest matter.

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