Police confirm inquiries have begun into monkey chants aimed at West Brom forward
"We are confident that this was an isolated incident and the campaign to rid football and society of racism is working well.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC
Sunderland AFC are investigating claims of racist abuse at their last Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light.
One as yet unidentified man was seen directing monkey chants towards West Bromich Albion forward 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.
Chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card Ged Grebby said: “We welcome the news that Sunderland AFC and Northumbria Police have announced they will investigate this."
“We are confident at Show Racism the Red Card that this was an isolated incident and that the campaign to rid football and society of racism is working well.”
Former Sunderland AFC club captain and Show Racism the Red Card Patron Gary Bennett said "I've seen the photo of this individual making an obvious racist gesture and it is shocking. I hope the club take strong action against him.
"When I played I had to hear racist abuse, monkey chants and see people doing this kind of thing week in week out. It is really important that racism is not allowed to come back into the stands, no-one wants a return to the bad old days."