A football fan has been charged following an alleged racist incident during Sunderland’s League One match at Burton Albion.
A 52-year-old man was arrested and charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday (September 15).
The accused, who was a visiting fan, is due to appear before magistrates in South Derbyshire next month (October).
In a statement earlier today, Burton Albion reiterated the club’s “zero tolerance” approach to racism and said they are “fully committed to stamping out all forms of abuse”
Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt, of Northumbria Police, echoed those messages and has encouraged anybody who witnesses racism either at a football ground or anywhere else to report it to police.
Ch Supt Pitt said:
“There is no place for racism in football.
“The overwhelming majority of football fans in this region are well-behaved and among the most passionate supporters in the world, but we will not apologise for our tough stance and zero-tolerance approach against anybody found to be guilty of racist or disruptive behaviour.
“We would encourage any individual who witnesses any racist or offensive comments to report it to the nearest steward, police officer or to Kick It Out.
“We have already praised fans for their behaviour throughout last season and we look forward to building on this healthy relationship during the remainder of the 2018/19 season.”
Northumbria Police can be contacted by telephoning 101, or via the website.
Kick It Out can be contacted via here.