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Police probe ‘monkey gesture’ directed at Lukaku


POLICE CONFIRMED that they are investigating claims that a Sunderland supporter racially abused West Bromwich Albion’s Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light on November 24.

Photographs taken at the game show the fan allegedly racially taunting the 19-year-old Lukaku with a monkey gesture during the Baggies’ 4-2 win.

Belgium international Lukaku – who is currently on loan at West Brom from Chelsea – is of Congolese heritage.

“Police are carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse at the Sunderland v West Brom match on Saturday,” said a Northumbria Police spokesperson.

“The report was received at 10.10pm on Saturday, November 24.”

A Sunderland spokesperson added: “SAFC operates a policy of zero tolerance towards racism and anti-social behaviour of any kind and naturally we will co-operate with the police in fully investigating any such incidents.”

Earlier this month Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham was arrested after being pictured allegedly racially mocking Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck with a monkey gesture during a League Cup tie.

Kirkham was subsequently banned from Stamford Bridge and police are still investigating the incident.

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