'Monkey gesture' fan arrested

2012-11-05 19:17

London - British police investigating an alleged racist gesture by a Chelsea supporter towards a black Manchester United player arrested a 28-year-old man on Monday, Scotland Yard said.

Several British newspapers last week printed a picture taken during Chelsea's dramatic 5-4 League Cup win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday which appeared to show a fan making a monkey gesture at striker Danny Welbeck.

"Officers investigating a complaint regarding alleged racist behaviour at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, 31 October have arrested a man," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"The 28-year-old man was arrested... after attending a west London police station by appointment.

"He was arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4A Public Order Act offence and currently remains in custody at the west London police station."

Enquiries are continuing, it said.

Chelsea said last Thursday that they were holding their own separate investigation into the incident and appealed for anyone who could identify the fan to contact the club.

The incident comes after Chelsea confirmed they had complained to the English Football Association about "inappropriate language" used by referee Mark Clattenburg towards midfielder Jon Obi Mikel during an English Premier League defeat by Manchester United on October 28.


  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-05 20:16

    its the law of te land,its obeyed and justice must take its course.

  • Oreabetse Awwsum-Dash Sebitloane - 2012-11-05 20:17

    Danny Welbeck IS British genius. pretty easy to say when you dont have to deal with that crap all the time.

  • harley.mills.129 - 2012-11-05 20:58

    Not worth a comment, rather an observation: I bet there will be about 100 comments about racism in general - none actually related to the story above. One group will blame the other group of being racist and the other group will laugh it off because they are not so insecure or petty. Go on ...

  • badladballie - 2012-11-05 21:10

    Oh please what next!..... everyone should just relax a bit.

  • Asif Asmal - 2012-11-05 21:17

    some of our so-called clever South Aficans are really dumb.not worthy of posting comments,lol

  • russellblack.cowan - 2012-11-06 09:42

    Good. I am a Chelsea fan but I do not tolerate this disgusting behaviour.

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