Police probe football racism claim

SUFFOLK police are investigating complaints that a Swansea City fan racially abused an Ipswich Town player at Saturday's game between the two sides, it emerged last night.

Anthony Bond

SUFFOLK police are investigating complaints that a Swansea City fan racially abused an Ipswich Town player at Saturday's game between the two sides, it emerged last night.

It is believed the female fan directed her alleged abuse towards striker Kevin Lisbie.

Town were promoting Let's Kick Racism Out of Football on Saturday with Blues' players wearing special T-Shirts before the game which highlighted the campaign.

There was also a special mention of the Club's backing of the initiative by manager Jim Magilton in the match day programme.

Marc Norman, Suffolk police's football intelligence officer, said: “A complaint was made to Suffolk police with regard to an incident of a racist nature at the football fixture on Saturday.

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“A female has been identified and Suffolk police have launched a joint investigation with South Wales Police and the woman will be interviewed during the course of the week.”

An Ipswich Town spokesman said: “We are aware there was an incident which the police are investigating. We will give the police our help as always.”

A spokesman for Swansea City added: “Like every other club in the league we abhor racism of any nature and we will obviously be pursuing the claims.

“As a football club we continuously strive to stamp out any form of racism or bad behaviour within the club.”

Ipswich Town signed 29-year-old Lisbie from local rivals Colchester United this summer. He has scored three goals so far this season.

The Let's Kick Racism out of Football campaign was launched in the 1993/94 season.

It works throughout football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change.

The campaign is supported and funded by football's governing bodies including the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), The FA Premier League, the Football Foundation and The Football Association.

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