Norwich report FOUR incidents of racist abuse towards defender Bassong
17:08 GMT, 10 December 2012
Norwich have reported four separate incidents of actual or alleged racist abuse towards Sebastien Bassong to police.
Both South Wales Police and Norfolk Police are now investigating the claims.
A Swansea supporter was released on bail on Sunday after being arrested during Norwich's 4-3 victory the day before for allegedly making racist gestures towards Bassong.
Controversy: Sebastien Bassong (2nd left) speaks to referee Howard Webb
It is believed the 23-year-old had
made gestures towards the player as Norwich celebrated their fourth goal
in the game and he was arrested soon after the incident.
Norwich have confirmed the other
three cases involved racist messages being sent to the defender on
Twitter after both the Swansea match and the 1-1 draw at Everton on
The club's statement read: '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.'
The club also thanked both Swansea and the police for their treatment of the situation and also confirmed racist Tweets aimed at Bassong have also now been reported.
The statement continued: '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.
Weighing in: Bassong was on target as Norwich won 4-3 at Swansea on Saturday
'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.'
Norwich also praised the player and made their position towards any racist behaviour clear.
'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,' the statement continued.
Point made: Bassong celebrates his goal for the Canaries at the Liberty Stadium
'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.'
26-year-old Cameroon international moved to Carrow Road from Tottenham
in the summer and has been an integral part of the club's recent run of
He scored in
both games relating to the alleged racist abuse, grabbing a late
equaliser at Goodison and heading Norwich 2-0 in front at Swansea.
boss Chris Hughton believes the speed at which Swansea officials dealt
with the fan making gestures towards Bassong should act as a warning to
any other people who may consider such actions in the future.
'Swansea City football club have
dealt with the incident very, very well and very swiftly and I think
that is a way forward,' he said.
'On any issues of this kind, and we
have seen some issues over the last few weeks, I think if they are
handled as quickly as the incident was on Saturday you hope it is a
bigger deterrent for anybody who wants to put themselves in that
Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley also praised the way all parties involved in Saturday's incident dealt with the matter.
is a classic, textbook way in which a player who is being abused should
complain and how the referee, the officials the security, the police,
the club should respond,' he told Sky Sports News.
want to encourage players to complain, to use the processes, to make
sure they work because those processes are there to provide protection
and stop people abusing others.'
is understood that Norwich used screen-grabs of two racist Tweets sent
to Bassong following the draw at Everton as proof they were sent from
accounts that had since been deleted.
Another message sent to the player after the victory at Swansea was also reported to Norfolk Police.