Newcastle United have announced police are investigating an alleged racist gesture made towards Spurs fans in their 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
One ofNewcastle United
’s fans said to have made a racist gesture to a member ofTottenham
's fan at St James' Park, prompting the Magpies to issue a statement.
"Newcastle United is aware of an alleged racist gesture made by an individual towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters inside St. James' Park during Sunday's match. An investigation is underway and the police have been made aware.
"Our message is clear - football is for everyone. Discrimination has absolutely no place in football, in the street, online or in wider society and we will not tolerate it under any circumstances.
"Newcastle United will pursue the strongest possible action against anyone involved in discriminatory behavior and will support any efforts by the authorities to secure a criminal conviction. The club is adhering to the Premier League commitment regarding Abusive and Discriminatory conduct, which facilitates the banning of any fan found to have been involved in abusive and/or discriminatory conduct from all Premier League stadia."
Northumbria Police have warned that anybody found guilty of racist offenses would face "swift and robust action."
A Northumbria Police spokesperson added:
"We can confirm we are investigating an alleged racist incident during Newcastle United’s home fixture with Tottenham at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
"Enquiries are ongoing with the club to identify anyone involved and ascertain whether criminal offenses have been committed.
"As a Force, we do not tolerate hate crime of any kind within our communities and are committed to taking swift and robust action against perpetrators."
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