Middlesbrough FC vows to ban for life anyone convicted after online reports concerning alleged behaviour during Saturday's game
An investigation involving police and Middlesbrough Football Club has been launched following allegations Boro fans engaged in religious discrimination.
The allegations are now the subject of police investigation, with Cleveland Police reviewing CCTV footage of the away crowd at St Andrews.
Middlesbrough Football Club has also vowed to ban for life anyone convicted.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We are aware of an incident at the match at the weekend and we, along with our colleagues at West Midlands Police, are investigating.
“Inquiries are well under way including examination of CCTV from within the football stadium.
“Any incident such as this is taken extremely seriously by police.
"We will not tolerate such behaviour and it will be fully and thoroughly investigated and those responsible will be brought to justice.”
A Boro spokesman said the club - a “strong supporter of football’s pledge to eradicate racism and intolerance in all its forms” - was aware of an alleged incident involving a “minority” of Boro fans.
“We are keeping in close contact with West Midlands and Cleveland Police as well as our counterparts at Birmingham City as the investigation proceeds,” he said.
The Gazette’s Boro correspondent Anthony Vickers said: “Football has put a lot of time and effort into ridding itself of racism over the last 20 years, with the fans being right at the forefront of that through the fanzines movement.
“Organisations like the Football Supporters Association policing themselves are helping drive racism out of the game.
“It’s the duty of all fans to oppose it wherever it rears its head.”
Anyone with any information on the alleged incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Author: Sarah Walker
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Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, commented:
"Middlesbrough FC have supported Show Racism the Red Card since its inception, and we have every confidence that swift and appropriate action will be taken by both the football club and the police authority in response to these allegations.
"It is reassuring that fans have reported this to Middlesbrough football club and there has been clear rejection of the behaviour by the vast majority of fans online.
"We urge anybody with information relating to the incident to contact the relevant authorities."