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Update: Bassong victim of four racist incidents in two weeks

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Bassong (number five) complains to referee Howard Webb after spotting an alleged racist gesture at the Liberty City Stadium on December 8

NORWICH CITY have confirmed that their player Sebastien Bassong has been on the receiving end of four separate racist incidents in the past two weeks.

The Cameroon international allegedly received racist abuse on social network website Twitter following recent matches against Everton and Swansea City and Norwich have reported all four incidents to the police.

A Swansea City supporter who allegedly directed a racist gesture towards Bassong during Norwich’s 3-4 win at the Liberty City Stadium was arrested by South Wales Police on December 8 on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

He has since been released on conditional bail pending further enquiries.

A statement from Norwich says: “Norwich City regrets to confirm four separate cases involving actual or alleged racist abuse aimed at our defender Sebastien Bassong have been reported to police in the last two weeks.

“Following a complaint made by Sebastien to referee Howard Webb during last Saturday’s 4-3 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, a man in the home section of the crowd was arrested and later charged in relation to alleged racist abuse."

Norwich continued: “In the evening following the match a tweet containing racist abuse was sent to Sebastien’s Twitter account.


FANTASTIC ATHLETE: The Cameroon international in action for Norwich City

“We have this morning passed details of this incident on to Norfolk Police for them to investigate.

“Meanwhile, Norfolk Police are in the process of investigating two further separate racist tweets about Sebastien sent following our 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday, November 24.”

The club added: “Sebastien Bassong is a fantastic athlete and professional who we are proud to have on board at Norwich City. It is deeply disappointing that his recent excellent performances for the club should be tarnished by these incidents.

“Norwich City Football Club wish to reiterate that we have a zero tolerance stance on racism and will pursue these and any other examples of discrimination aimed at any of our colleagues to the fullest extent of the law.”

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