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Tottenham fans targeted in alleged racist incident at Newcastle, club promises strong action and investigation

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Newcastle have launched an investigation after police were informed of an alleged racist incident during Sunday’s Premier League game with Tottenham.

An individual is said to have made a racist gesture towards the visiting supporters at St James’ Park.

On Monday, Newcastle released a statement condemning racism and promising strong action against anyone found guilty of discriminatory behaviour.

It read: “Newcastle United is aware of an alleged racist gesture made by an individual towards Tottenham Hotspur supporters inside St. James' Park during Sunday's match.

“An investigation is under way and the police have been made aware.

“Our message is clear - football is for everyone. Discrimination has absolutely no place in football, in the street, online or in wider society and we will not tolerate it under any circumstances.

“Newcastle United will pursue the strongest possible action against anyone involved in discriminatory behaviour and will support any efforts by the authorities to secure a criminal conviction.

“The club is adhering to the Premier League commitment regarding Abusive and Discriminatory conduct, which facilitates the banning of any fan found to have been involved in abusive and/or discriminatory conduct from all Premier League stadia.”

Tottenham, who won the game 3-2, are yet to comment on the alleged incident.

Northumbria Police have warned they will take “swift and robust action” against those found guilty of discriminatory offences.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm we are investigating an alleged racist incident during Newcastle United’s home fixture with Tottenham at St James’ Park on Sunday.

“Enquiries are ongoing with the club to identify anyone involved and ascertain whether criminal offences have been committed.

“As a force, we do not tolerate hate crime of any kind within our communities and are committed to taking swift and robust action against perpetrators.”

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