Sebastien Bassong accuses Swansea City fan of “monkey gestures”
SRtRC strongly condemn the actions of this fan. We thought monkey chanting was something we had consigned to the rubbish bin of history! As a lifelong Swansea City fan I know that the vast majority of fans want to see the Liberty Stadium a racism free zone. I hope by taking strong action towards this fan, the authorities can send a strong message that racism will not be tolerated in any stadia across the country.
Chris Stokes, Education Worker. Show Racism the Red Card Wales
Sebastien Bassong seemed very upset as the final whistle blew at the Liberty Stadium as he kept glancing over to the direction where a Swansea City fan had allegedly racially abused the Norwich centre half.
The incident happened in the 77th minute when Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich’s fourth goal and celebrated with his Norwich team mates. Bassong ran over to join his colleagues when he noticed a Swansea fan make “monkey gestures” towards the defender who himself scored during the first half.
Angry and distraught, Bassong ran over towards the fan then turned to Referee Howard Webb to report the incident while repeating the actions the fan had allegedly made in front of the 20,000 strong crowd. Howard Webb halted the game from restarting to inform 4th Official Dean Whitestone who informed the Police.
At the final whistle, Bassong shook hands with all the officials and Referee Howard Webb informed the Norwich player that they would look into the allegations alongside the authorities.
If this allegation is confirmed to be true, SRtRC will call for action to be taken and will continue to work with Swansea City Football Club to challenge racism.