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Arrest made after Wolves player alleges he suffered racist abuse from Crystal Palace fan

An arrest has been made after a Wolves player alleges he suffered racist abuse from a Crystal Palace fan at the game on Sunday.

Wolves have alleged one of their squad members had been subjected to discriminatory abuse during their Premier League game at Selhurst Park.

The club reported the matter to the officials and stadium authorities in the ground and a supporter was subsequently ejected. Police have also been informed. Meanwhile, the player affected has not been named.

A Palace statement said: “During today’s match, it was brought to our attention that a Wolverhampton Wanderers player reported that he received racist abuse from an individual situated in the Main Stand.

“The Met Police, The Premier League and matchday officials were informed and our security team immediately removed the individual from the stadium, where he was detained and arrested. He is now subject to a police investigation. We will of course support that investigation and also conduct our own.

“We are incredibly disappointed that this incident took place today, and offer our sincere apologies and support to the Wolves player involved.

“As a club we have zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or racist abuse. It has no place in football, nor society.”

A Wolves statement added: “We are very disappointed to report that one of our players was the target of discriminatory abuse by an opposing fan during today’s game with Crystal Palace.

“We reported the incident quickly to Crystal Palace, Premier League match centre and the matchday officials.

“Crystal Palace security moved swiftly to remove the supporter in question and notified police at Selhurst Park.

“We are offering our full support to the player involved and have provided a formal statement to the Metropolitan Police.

“Racism or discrimination in any form is completely unacceptable and should never be left unchallenged.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “On Sunday, 3 September a man aged in his 60s was arrested on suspicion of a racially-aggravated public order offence after allegedly racially abusing a player during [the] Crystal Palace v Wolves match at Selhurst Park.

“He was taken to a south London police station. Racial abuse will absolutely not be tolerated and officers remain committed to working with the Premier League and clubs to take action against those responsible.”


Not all supporters know how to report hate crime incidents, be they online or at the match, so we thought it would be useful to explain how.

If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination at a football match at any level, or on social media, you can report it to Kick It Out through their online reporting form or via their reporting app available on both iOS and Android. You can also report hate crimes to your local police force here.

You can also report posts to the respective social media channels by using the following links: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | TikTok | Snapchat | YouTube

By reporting online abuse, you can help stop the behaviour and protect other people from seeing the abusive content. Online abuse does not have to be experienced directly by someone in order for that person to report. Everyone has a responsibility to report online hate they see.

Twitter users reacted with an arrest made after a Wolves player alleges he suffered racist abuse from a Crystal Palace fan…

@_GeorgeCPFC_: i seriously can’t understand what goes on in people’s head, to then say something to them jusy because of the colour of their skin, i can’t understand why people do it, BAN HIM!

@Luke_Seychell: Sad that this is still happening

@Harry_Cambridge: Not welcome at our club 🔴🔵

@Barbara4003: Well done for acting so quickly 👏

@EastonAdam: What year is it again? Get out of my club

@AidanKeys: Grim reading.. glad to see the club have dealt with the incident straight away

@gasman_g: Genuinely shocked to hear this 😩. Don’t want people like this at our club

@ninefootsix: Pleased to hear it was dealt with but so depressing it even happened

@davidjcayley: Good job from the club and Stewards picking it up and dealing with it at the time so there will be proper consequences, rather than the usual, we will try to identify them using CCTV, we get from other clubs.

@NoirBlks: Our own club is diverse in itself and to hear that our own “fan” has been racially abusing a player makes no sense and is completely wrong. People like that person ruin it for others.

@robbedford32: Our club will not tolerate racism. Diversity is our strength . You’ll be hard pushed to find a better club/community partnership

@andytheeagle: That’s awful. Don’t want people like that at Selhurst.

@PeterDo19673360: Don’t need people like this at Palace, our diversity is what makes our club so special, everyone is welcome amd red and blue is what it’s about here.

@paulthebear84: If you are at Selhurst Park and you are a racist, have a look our team. You are in the wrong place. There is nothing for you here. Get out.

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