It seems that racial abuse reared its ugly head again at the Emirates on Monday night.
Cheick Tiote – in action on Monday night
The news is that at about 67 minutes into the game an Arsenal fan behind one of the goals was shouting racial laced stuff at Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote.
And TV cameras zoned in on one supporter shouting racist remarks, or so it is alleged, and the FA are to look into the situation.
A spokesman for the FA confirmed there would be a review of the incident as he said:
“The FA are aware of the incident and we will be looking into this.”
The verbal abuse was picked up by a sports journalist at the game, and he got the facts through Twitter, as fans were witnessing the fan shouting abuse from behind the goal.
Arsenal are now reviewing their CCTV and TV footage of Arsenal – Newcastle game on Monday night and will be anxious to track down the supporter.
A club spokesman said this on the Arsenal web-site:
“Arsenal Football Club does not tolerate any form of abusive or anti-social behaviour. We will act with zero tolerance to any unacceptable behaviour.
“We are currently reviewing all TV and CCTV footage from Monday night’s match and if any individual is found to be acting in an abusive manner, they face a ban from Emirates Stadium and we will pass all evidence to the police.”
The 25-year-old midfielder was born in Cote d’Ivoire, and was signed by Newcastle from Dutch side FC Twente for £3.5M in August 2010, after being tracked by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr, for a couple of years.
And Cheick has turned out to be a wonderful buy for the Magpies, and he is a very popular player Tyneside.
But it’s now a little worrying that the alleged abuse is the fourth time in five months that Newcastle players have been the targets of alleged racial abuse from fans.
In February, two 17-year-old were found guilty of racially abusing Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi on Twitter, and were given final warnings by Northumbria police.
And Shola Ameobi, Sammy’s older brother has been targeted by racists on Facebook.
And Peter Copeland, 29, of Durham, was given an 18-month suspended sentence for posting racist stuff about Newcastle’s Demba Ba on Facebook.
There is zero tolerance for this kind of stuff, and there’s no place for it in today’s world.
In fact one of things I am most proud of about this site, which has run almost five years now, is that we have Newcastle fans from all over the world, and from all different religions and ethnic backgrounds, as our readers.
There’s no place for racial abuse in today’s world, believe me.