Witness appeal after racist abuse and public disorder at Swindon Town match

By Jessica Durston - 13 January 2022

Crime

Swindon Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of racist abuse and reports of public disorder after Swindon Town's FA Cup match against Man City FC.

The force's investigation continues after it is alleged that an individual was subjected to verbal racist abuse after the football game which took place on the evening of Friday, 7 January.

The incident reportedly occurred in the corner between the Town End and the Don Rogers stand, where the ITV punditry had been set up.

Officers say they are working closely with the football club to gather evidence and bring those responsible to justice.

A spokesperson for Swindon Police said: "We would appeal to any fans in the vicinity of this area to share any videos taken during the match or post-match that could assist officers identify those involved and action can be taken swiftly.

"We are also appealing for anyone who witnessed or captured on dash cams public order offences before and during the game."

The first incident reportedly occurred outside the County Ground Hotel at approximately 6.45pm, while another incident was reported at the Merlin Pub where people were ejected between 9.15pm - 9.45pm.

Swindon Police say behaviour of this nature is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the force or the football club.

Those with information are being encouraged to call 101 and quote crime reference number 54220002136.

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