Arsenal race probe after TV shows fan hurling alleged abuse directed at Newcastle's Tiote
22:40 GMT, 13 March 2012
Arsenal have opened an internal investigation into an alleged incident of racist abuse from a supporter during their 2-1 win over Newcastle on Monday night.
Television footage captured a fan hurling what are thought to be racist remarks at a Newcastle player, claimed to be midfielder Cheick Tiote.
The north London club will seek to ban the spectator and hand him into the police, if he is proved to be guilty of the slur.
Incident: Chieck Tiote (right) reportedly suffered verbal abuse
The Arsenal hierarchy were yesterday attempting to identify the accused supporter. The Gunners could yet find themselves in hot water after Monday night’s last-gasp win.
FA disciplinary chiefs were deciding whether to investigate the incident between Robin van Persie and Tim Krul and both clubs could be faced with failing to control their players.
Incident: Robin van Persie and Tim Krul clash
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott, so often used as a winger for Arsenal, believes he can cut it as a central striker.
‘In the future I would like to play up front with Robin van Persie, that would be fantastic,’ Walcott said. ‘I’m still only 22 — 23 on Friday — so there is still a lot to come from me.’