December 8 2013 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Monday, December 10, 2012
Norwich City Football Club have revealed four separate cases involving “actual or alleged racist abuse” aimed at defender Sebastien Bassong have been reported to police in the past two weeks.
The Cameroon international was the target of alleged racial abuse during Norwich City’s 4-3 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.
The incident is being investigated by South Wales Police who have bailed a 23-year-old Swansea man after questioning on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.
But the Canaries’ have confirmed three other incidents of racist towards the former Newcastle and Spurs star have also been reported to police in the past few days.
A statement released by the club this afternoon said: “Norwich City regrets to confirm four separate cases involving actual or alleged racist abuse aimed at our defender Sebastien Bassong have been reported to police in the last two weeks.
“Following a complaint made by Sebastien to referee Howard Webb during last Saturday’s 4-3 Barclays Premier League win at Swansea, a man in the home section of the crowd was arrested and later charged in relation to alleged racist abuse.
“We would like to thank both Swansea City FC and South Wales Police for their swift and effective handling of this unfortunate incident.
“In the evening following the match a tweet containing racist abuse was sent to Sebastien’s twitter account. We have this morning passed details of this incident on to Norfolk Police for them to investigate.
“Meanwhile Norfolk Police are in the process of investigating two further separate racist tweets about Sebastien sent following our 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday, November 24.
“Sebastien Bassong is a fantastic athlete and professional who we are proud to have on board at Norwich City. It is deeply disappointing that his recent excellent performances for the club should be tarnished by these incidents.
“Norwich City Football Club wish to reiterate that we have a zero tolerance stance on racism and will pursue these and any other examples of discrimination aimed at any of our colleagues to the fullest extent of the law.”
Bassong, who was signed by Norwich in the summer, made his Canaries debut against QPR in a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in August.
He has since formed a good partnership with Michael Turner at the heart of the Norwich defence, scoring his first goal for the club - a 90th minute equaliser away at Everton - last month.