Sunday, November 25, 2012
Norwich City chief executive David McNally has confirmed the club will speak to police over alleged racist comments directed at Canaries goalscorer Sebastien Bassong.
The Norwich defender headed in a last gasp equaliser to grab his club a 1-1 draw at Everton yesterday, but was reportedly the subject of racist remarks on social media website Twitter.
In a tweet posted on Twitter this morning, chief executive Mr McNally said: “For those asking last night, we will be following up with the police regarding the racist comments reported after the game.”
He later added: “Not relevant which team they support. Don’t accept racism from anyone and so these comments will be reported to the police.”
In 2004 Everton made allegations that the Merseyside club’s Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo was racially abused by Norwich City supporters during an FA Cup tie at Goodison Park.
It left the two clubs at loggerheads, with Norwich City fuming that the club published the accusations on its website, with Carrow Road bosses saying that Norwich fans were chanting about then Everton player Wayne Rooney’s weight rather than Yobo’s skin colour.
A Football Association enquiry found that the complaints of racist abuse were based on “reliable sources”, but said audio recordings were inconclusive as to whether “black” or “fat” was the adjective used.
They added there was “no evidence” of mass racist chanting by Norwich City Football Club followers, but that the Everton response on the website was “proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances.”
The first goal in Canaries colours by former Newcastle and Tottenham player Bassong extended Norwich City’s unbeaten run in league and cup games to seven games, with the club 13th in the Premier League.