Newcastle United have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of a racist gesture made by an individual towards Tottenham fans at St James’ Park on Sunday.
The incident was alleged to have taken place in the stands on Sunday when Tottenham beat the Magpies 3-2.
Newcastle United revealed the Northumbria Police were notified of the incident once they received the complaint.
The club stated they would lend their full support to the authorities involved in the investigation and would back any attempt to secure a criminal conviction for the perpetrator in question.
Additionally, the club reminded fans that any discrimination that occurs at St James’ Park can be reported to the authorities by texting ‘HELP’ followed by seat location and details to 600070.
In their message, Newcastle also insisted they are firmly committed to the ‘No Room For Racism’ campaign and urged fans not to hesitate to report any type of discrimination they come across.
Newcastle’s full statement on the matter reads: “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 behaviour 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.
“For this alleged incident to take place at a time when all Premier League clubs are visibly supporting the No Room For Racism campaign shows the work we all have ahead of us, to which we remain absolutely committed.
“If you see discrimination, challenge it, report it, change it. There is no place for abusive or discriminatory conduct anywhere in football; we are United as One. To report discriminatory behaviour at St. James’ Park, please text HELP followed by your seat location and details of the incident to 60070.”
Spurs Web Opinion
This is a reminder that despite the progress we have made over the last few decades, there is still a long way to go to make football a discrimination-free atmosphere. Newcastle have shown great leadership and one would expect the perpetrator to be reprimanded.
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