Police have interviewed anyone right after England footballer Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused in a football match, officers revealed right now.
It arrives following Colin Wing, 60, was caught on digital camera hurling insults at the Manchester Metropolis player in a Leading League match at Chelsea on December 8.
Footage appeared to clearly show him calling Sterling, 24, a ‘f***ing black c***’ even though other Chelsea followers shouted non-racial abuse, but he insisted he identified as him a ‘Manc c***’.
Chelsea supporter Colin Wing (circled), allegedly shouted racial abuse at Raheem Sterling – but claimed he had in fact referred to as him ‘Manc c***’, somewhat than ‘black c***’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman reported: ‘Police proceed to look into an incident the place is it is claimed racial abuse was directed at a participant for the duration of the Chelsea v Manchester Town activity at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, December 8.
‘Officers are examining footage and CCTV to determine no matter if any offences have been fully commited. Officers are in possession of the facts of all those reportedly involved – there have been no arrests at this time.
Colin Wing, 60, from Beckenham, South East London, has denied utilizing racist language
‘One individual has been interviewed below warning. The Met carries on to get the job done with each golf equipment and a quantity of enquiries are ongoing.’
Chelsea suspended four supporters pursuing the incident pending even more investigations.
A club spokesman said: ‘Chelsea finds all types of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and, if there is proof of ticket-holders taking portion in any racist conduct, the club will concern severe sanctions, together with bans. We will also fully assistance any criminal prosecutions.’
One of the adult men concerned was Mr Wing, who told the Day-to-day Mail that he was ashamed of his conduct but denied applying racist language towards Sterling, expressing he experienced named him ‘Manc’.
Footage appeared to present Mr Wing, of Beckenham, South East London, calling Sterling a ‘f****** black c***’ while other Chelsea admirers shouted non-racial abuse.
Mr Wing, 60, reported on December 10: ‘I’m deeply ashamed by my possess conduct and I feel truly negative. But I didn’t get in touch with him a black ****, I known as him a Manc ****.
Wing (circled) advised the Mail he was ashamed of his conduct but denied using racist language
‘I’ve been going to Chelsea for 50 yrs now and, mainly because of exactly where I sit, I am picked up on the digital camera most weeks. If I experienced a historical past of stating this sort of matter I would’ve been caught by now.
‘Nobody about me said they listened to something. I want to apologise unreservedly to Raheem and hope he can be a improved male than I am by accepting it.
‘I provide him an unreserved apology. Even if it was not racist, it’s not suitable what I claimed. Even the swearing is poor – but I got carried away.
‘I was fully out of get, but I’ve missing my task and my season ticket now so everybody’s got what they required. So why can’t they leave me on your own?’
Mr Wing, who supports Chelsea, said law enforcement spoke to him twice on the day of the match with out levelling any expenses. He and 3 other gentlemen have been suspended from attending Chelsea’s home matches at Stamford Bridge.
Various of Mr Wing’s neighbours instantaneously determined him from CCTV footage and matchday photos. One reported: ‘It’s mortifying to imagine somebody able of that could be residing along your street.’
A further claimed: ‘We need to stay out of this and feel about our younger son, but it truly is unbelievable to imagine the person we just listened to about on television may well be a neighbour of ours.’
Sterling, who was interviewed by officers the following day, stated he read racial abuse from the stands. No arrests have yet been produced and inquiries are continuing.
Chelsea’s own investigation into the incident applied Television footage from a lot of angles to establish alleged offenders.
The club have also been utilizing lipreaders to try to build which text have been used. Racial abuse, if established, would guide to a everyday living ban.
Labour MPs Bill Esterton and Alex Norris also tweeted their support for the striker soon after he spoke out. ‘Raheem’s ideal. We need to kick racism out of soccer,’ wrote Mr Norris.