A Swansea City fan has been arrested over allegations of racial abuse towards a Norwich player at the Liberty Stadium, the club has confirmed.
|Sebastien Bassong (right) scored Norwich's second goal |
in their 4-3 victory away to Swansea
Police confirmed a man had been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
Swansea City lost the match 4-3.
The incident allegedly happened after Robert Snodgrass scored the visitors' fourth goal in the 77th minute.
Bassong indicated to referee Howard Webb that he had been the victim of a racist gesture as he celebrated the goal with his teammates.
Webb referred the complaint to the fourth official and a male fan was then arrested. A Swansea spokesperson said:
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.Speaking to reporters after the game, Norwich manager Chris Hughton said:
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.
We will look into it and a further statement will follow in due course.
What I've been made aware of is that there was a gesture made towards Bassong.Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said he had been unaware of the incident. He said:
I have spoken to Seb and I know what the situation is, but Swansea dealt with it in the correct manner. It's now in the hands of the authorities.
I was concentrating on the game so I don't know anything.
I don't know anything about it but it's a thing we don't want in a game, not here and not anywhere.