Rio Ferdinand has stated that he was racially abused by a Wolves supporter as he attended the Manchester United game at Molineux on Sunday.
West Midlands Police quickly followed up to confirm that a 31-year-old man has been attested for directing a ‘racist gesture’ at the United legend, who was working as a pundit for BT Sport.
After the game, Ferdinand wrote on Twitter: “The last couple weeks, it’s been unreal to see fans back.
“However, to the Wolves fan who has just been thrown out for doing a monkey chant at me, you need to be dismissed from football and educated.
“Come meet me and I will help you understand what it feels like to be racially abused!”
Not long later, a statement from West Midlands Police was released, informing the public that a 31-year-old man had been arrested.
It read: “A 31-year-old man has been arrested at the Wolves vs Manchester United match this afternoon after a racist gesture was directed at Rio Ferdinand.
“We will not tolerate football hate crime.”
Wolves then followed with a public statement of their own, quote-tweeting Ferdinand’s original message.
The club said: “We are deeply sorry Rio.
“This person does not represent our club, our supporters or our values.
“We can confirm that this individual has been arrested by West Midlands Police, who we will support to ensure that the strongest action is taken, including a lifetime ban from our club.”
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