Swansea fan arrested for 'racially abusing' Norwich striker Bassong

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 09:22 hrs

A Swansea fan has reportedly been arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture towards Norwich player Sebastien Bassong.

The incident is alleged to have taken place after Robert Snodgrass had scored Norwich's fourth goal from a free-kick in the 77th minute.

Bassong went to celebrate with his team-mates but quickly indicated to referee Howard Webb that he believed he had been the victim of a racist gesture, Sky News reports.

According to the report, Webb reported the incident to the fourth official, and a 23-year-old male supporter was then arrested.

"There was an incident after Norwich's fourth goal. Sebastien Bassong made the referee aware there was a racist gesture towards him from a Swansea City fan," said a Swansea spokesperson.

"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 offence. 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," he added.

South Wales Police later confirmed the arrest of a 23-year-old man in relation to the alleged gesture towards Bassong.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: "We can confirm that a 23-year-old Swansea man was arrested during the Swansea v Norwich game at the Liberty Stadium for a racially aggravated public order offence. He remains in police custody." (ANI)

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