Man is arrested for ‘racially abusing Ashley Cole’ during ITV coverage of FA Cup match between Swindon Town and Manchester City
- A 24-year-old man in custody on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order
- The incident happened earlier this month at an FA Cup match at County Ground
- Wiltshire Police said their ‘strong stance’ has been shared by the football club
A man accused of racially abusing former England footballer Ashley Cole during the ITV coverage of an FA Cup third round tie has been arrested, police have said.
The 24-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence which occurred while Swindon Town played Manchester City at the County Ground earlier this month.
Cole, who played left-back for Arsenal and Chelsea during his career, was part of an ITV broadcast team at the match, where City won 4-1 on January 7.
Cole, pictured, was part of an ITV broadcast team at the match on January 7
The incident occurred in the corner between the Town End and the Don Rogers stand, where the ITV punditry team was based
According to Wiltshire Police, the incident occurred in the corner between the Town End and the Don Rogers stand, where the ITV punditry team was based.
Superintendent Phil Staynings, Swindon commander, said: ‘Racial abuse of any kind will never be tolerated by Wiltshire Police.
‘We have worked closely with the football club, who share our strong stance on this, and would like to thank them for their support in our ongoing investigation.
‘We continue to encourage people to report these types of incidents and I’m pleased that my officers have been relentless in securing this positive arrest.
‘We will continue to work with the club to stamp out hate crime of any kind that spoils matches for the majority of supporters.’