Sunderland investigating claims of racist abuse
Sunderland are investigating claims of racist abuse during their fixture against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light.
One as yet unidentified man was seen directing monkey chants towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku after scoring in the match between the two sides on Saturday (November 24).
The incident was captured by photographers at the ground and the incident was reported to Northumbria Police later on the same day.
In a statement the club said: “SAFC operates a policy of zero-tolerance towards racism and anti-social behavior of any kind and naturally we will cooperate with the police in fully investigating any such incidents.”
Northumbria Police confirmed they have opened inquiries into the incident, but no arrests had been made at the time of writing.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) chief executive Ged Grebby said: “We welcome the news that Sunderland AFC and Northumbria Police have announced they will investigate this.
“We are confident at SRtRC that this was an isolated incident and that the campaign to rid football and society of racism is working well.”