London - Reading's Jamaica international Garath McCleary was racially abused
during his side's FA Cup quarter-final win over Bradford City, the
English Championship club have claimed.
McCleary scored Reading's
second goal in a 3-0 win in Monday's replay at the Madejski Stadium,
which set up a last-four showdown with holders Arsenal.
But he was
also seen to make a complaint to the assistant referee while he took a
corner shortly before half-time and Reading said he had been the target
of racist abuse from Bradford's fans.
"An incident was reported to
the match officials just before half-time, who in turn told Reading
staff," Reading said in a statement. "A man was then arrested and
ejected during the half-time interval."
In a statement, Thames
Valley Police said: "A 36-year-old man from Bradford was arrested on
suspicion of indecent/racial chanting at a designated football match
(Football Offences Act 1991) and he has been bailed until 16th April."
game also saw a fan run onto the pitch during play, while a number of
home fans mounted a pitch invasion at the final whistle and flares were
also let off.
Reading manager Steve Clarke said after the game
that McCleary had been "upset by something", but he was unable to
provide further details.