Police arrest man after suspected racially aggravated incident at Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland football match

One man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence following the Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland football match.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 1:01 pm

West Mercia Police confirmed they have arrested a man following the match last night, Tuesday, 23 November.

The force said that the man, who is in his 60s and from the Durham area, was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order and remains in police custody.

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Officers have arrested a man from the Durham area following an alleged racial aggravated incident.

Following the incident, Chief Superintendent Paul Moxley said: “There is no place for racism in football, or in any place in society and we take a zero tolerance approach to it.

“We will be working with Shrewsbury Town Football Club and our own hate crime officers to identify any victims. Anyone who wishes to contact us in relation to this incident can do so via our online reporting form.”

The game saw Sunderland held to a 1-1 draw by the hosts.

Sunderland AFC said in a statement: “SAFC will support West Mercia Police fully in their enquiries and pursue the strongest possible action against anyone involved in any discriminatory behaviour.

"Football is for all and discrimination has absolutely no place within our game or within wider society.

"Our position is crystal clear and we will not tolerate discrimination under any circumstances.

"Similar incidents involving discriminatory behaviour have been reported to SAFC in recent weeks and we encourage all supporters to continue playing their part by reporting them to a matchday steward, the police or online via the Kick It Out reporting app.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police here.

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