A Wolves fan has been arrested for what he explicitly said to Rio Ferdinand as Man Utd win in Nuno’s last game on Sunday afternoon.
The former footballer turned pundit has revealed he was subjected to a vile monkey chant while working at Wolves’ clash with Manchester United.
Rio, 42, was in attendance at Molineux for what was going to be an emotional final day of the Premier League.
Despite hos old club United securing a 2-1 away win, his day was marred by one fan, with the culprit now in police custody.
Ferdinand shared the shock racist abuse he had received via his Twitter account.
The former centre-half wrote: “The last couple weeks, it’s been unreal to see fans back.
“However to the Wolves fan who has just been thrown out for doing a monkey chant at me.
“You need to be dismissed from football & educated.
“Come meet me & I will help you understand what it feels like to be racially abused!”
West Midlands Police were quick to respond to the ex-England international player’s tweet.
They replied: “The fan has been arrested and is currently in custody. We DO NOT tolerate racist abuse.”
The fan has been arrested and is currently in custody. We DO NOT tolerate racist abuse @StuartWardWMP
— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) May 23, 2021
Wolves tweeted: “We are deeply sorry Rio. This person does not represent our club, our supporters or our values. We can confirm that this individual has been arrested by @WMPolice , who we will support to ensure that the strongest action is taken, including a lifetime ban from our club.
It was later confirmed that the individual was a 31-year-old man.
United did spoil Nuno Espirito Santo’s farewell to Wolves as they ended the campaign with an unbeaten away record.
Anthony Elanga gave them the lead before Nelson Semedo levelled the scoreline.
However Juan Mata’s penalty in first half additional time proved enough to claim the win.
Wolves: Patricio (6); Boly (6), Coady (6), Saiss (6); Semedo (7), Dendoncker (6), Neves (6), Moutinho (6), Ait-Nouri (6); Traore (6), Silva (6).
Subs: Marcal (6), Gibbs-White (6), Jose (5).
Man Utd: Henderson (6); Williams (7), Bailly (7), Tuanzebe (8), Telles (7); Matic (7), Mata (7), Van de Beek (7); Diallo (7), Elanga (8), James (7).
Subs: Mejbri (7), Shoretire (6), Fish (n/a)
Man of the match: Anthony Elanga
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joked it was ‘about time’ after Manchester United finished the season without losing a league match away from home.
“It was about time we did! We haven’t done it before, so what an achievement by all the players, they have been excellent,” Solskjaer told MUTV.
” I knew that we did put this record on the line by making all the changes, but we had to. One because we believed in these players, and two because the other players have played so much this season and needed an energy boost for Wednesday.”
He added on handing the youngsters a debut: “We played this in the spirit of Man United and Sir Alex (Ferguson) and Sir Matt (Busby), definitely You have to take risks, but we believed in them.”
Nuno sends an emotional message and comments on his relationship with with the Wolves owners.
“It means a lot,” Nuno said. “It really means a lot. You don’t find out that you’re going to fall in love with something so that when things don’t go well, you are sad with passion.
“This is what we have felt every time we didn’t make it or came up short. We have felt this. This is incredible. You cannot expect it and it will stay forever.
“Wolverhampton is a place that I love. It’s a see you soon.”
— Wolves (@Wolves) May 23, 2021
Nuno didn’t want to be drawn on the details of his exit and instead thanked the club’s bosses for their support during his stay.
He added: “We arrived and we came from a club that says a lot to us as professionals. We arrived without knowing what we were going to find.
“And we found a club that since day one has given us vocal support and there was not one decision that we didn’t make together. There was always dialogue, always respect, and this will stay forever.”
Fans reacted as a Wolves fan arrested for what he said to Rio Ferdinand…
@JayWolves: Wolverhampton is proud multi-cultural city with a history of embracing a variety of communities including Indian and Jamaican long before some alleged progressive regions. Just one fan, not Wolves.
@john5689983881: Why was he thrown out? Should of been arrested there and then.
@JoshSmith305: Because racism isn’t treated seriously by authority
@PNoirWest: No place for this anywhere in the world. Glad he was thrown up and hopefully banned for life. Can’t imagine your anger and frustration mate but keep the high road
@spleenpete: Apologies from 99.9% of @Wolves fans!
@AlisonLJones: As a Wolves supporter I’m ashamed and embarrassed to read this Rio. I hope the appropriate action is taken.
@MUFC_redarmy99: Ah Rio I’m so sorry to hear that. No one should have to put up with that vile abuse.
@kmenzies29: I’m so very sorry that you experienced this at our club, Rio. Disgusting behavior which has no place anywhere or anytime.
@Jandersonn94: Embarrassed at some of the state of the @Wolves fans today, you’re lucky enough to be there and boo taking the knee and this, hope the club take action and ban the culprits for life
@OscillateWWFC: I’m so sorry to hear this Rio. Rest assured that is NOT our club, it’s an isolated fool.
@Gttsbass: That’s disgraceful. As a Wolves fan I hope he is banned for life
@DaveGarside: I’m not surprised Rio after the booing that went on when players were taking the knee…. DISGUSTING
Twitter users continued to react as a Wolves fan is arrested for what he said to Rio Ferdinand…
@redfreddevil: Really proud of you Rio. You conducted yourself with professionalism and class. I can’t imagine what it must be like for you to have to receive racial abuse but you handled it incredibly well.
@adamrobinson86: Rio on behalf of most Wolves fans please accept this apology we are not all racist morons
@dianebarrow: Can only apologise on behalf of all genuine @Wolves fans Rio. This sort of behaviour should not and will not be tolerated and hopefully this person will get what he deserves
@vintageWolf97: Great to hear that prat has been arrested, he doesn’t represent Wolves. Banned for life hopefully from attending games.
@g2mcc: Hard to understand the mentality. Haven’t been at a game all season and rather than having this one celebrating the departure of a special manager you choose to racially abuse a popular pundit. I just don’t get it.
@RHT_Stephen: Worst than that, the Wolves manager who’s name the fans were chanting throughout is black along with most of the players on the pitch
@matthewhiggs91: Quality and swift response from the club. No need for dickheads like this especially in a city which is known for its different cultures
@_alecr7: Top class, the rest of your fans were splendid today, sounded like 5 times their number at least