Bristol City fan accused of ‘racist abuse’ towards Huddersfield Town player

Police plan to interview a Bristol City fan in his 60s after a report of racist abuse directed towards one of the Huddersfield Town players during Saturday’s match.

Officers will also be interviewing a young teenager this week after a plastic bottle was thrown onto the pitch at Ashton Gate yesterday (Saturday, December 18), as part of an incident which stopped the game for almost five minutes.

Neither was arrested at the stadium at the time, but will be required to attend a police station in the coming days to be interviewed, police said.

READ MORE: Bristol City statement after plastic bottles thrown at Huddersfield players

Bristol Live understands that the man in his 60s who was spoken to by police was a City supporter sitting in the Lansdown stand, on the opposite side of the ground from the incident which saw two plastic bottles thrown onto the pitch at Huddersfield players.

Huddersfield Town declined to comment on the alleged racism.

Saturday’s match was held up for a number of minutes when the referee took the players over to the dugout area on the Lansdown Stand side when Huddersfield were due to take a corner in front of the Section 82 area in the corner of the South Stand and Dolman Stand, but Huddersfield players complained of things being thrown onto the pitch.

The incident marred the game, which Huddersfield ultimately won 3-2, and afterwards Bristol City put out a statement condemning the scenes.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “Officers spoke to a man in his 60s following a report of racist abuse towards one of the Huddersfield players.

“He is due to attend a police station for interview next week,” she added.

In relation to the bottle-throwing incident, the spokesperson added: “A teenage boy, a juvenile, was also spoken to by officers after a plastic bottle was thrown onto the pitch.

“Again, his details were taken and an arrangement made for him to be interviewed in the presence of an appropriate adult.

“If you witnessed either incident please call 101 and give the reference 5221292892.

“We have no tolerance for racism or missile-throwing at football matches and continue to work with the club to deal robustly with those responsible for such behaviour,” she added.

Police said no arrests were made at the time, as there was no necessity to under police guidelines.

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After the game, Bristol City issued a statement condemning the behaviour of the two fans who threw bottles onto the pitch, stopping the game.

“Bristol City condemns the behaviour that led to a stoppage in play during this afternoon’s SkyBet Championship match against Huddersfield Town,” the statement read.

“An individual was immediately ejected and handed over to police following the incident in which objects were thrown at a Huddersfield Town player. Such behaviour is unacceptable and will be dealt with in the strongest manner,” the statement added.

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