Fan alleged to have shouted racist comments
POLICE investigating alleged racist insults shouted at two players during a Derby County match have now charged a man from Allenton.
The insults were allegedly shouted during the Rams' home fixture with Birmingham City on November 24.
A Derby County fan reported the incident to police.
Police last night confirmed a 34-year-old man from Allenton was arrested at the next home match three days later, against Cardiff City.
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The man was charged with two racially aggravated public order offences and will appear before magistrates on December 21.
John Vicars, operations manager at Derby County, said: "I want to take this opportunity of sending out a clear message that racism will not be tolerated at Pride Park Stadium.
"The club totally condemns all forms of discriminatory behaviour and as such will operate a zero-tolerance policy with the assistance of the police, match stewards and CCTV cameras. Thankfully, these are isolated incidents, however when they do take place, the people involved can expect to be arrested."
Superintendent Gary Parkin, who co-ordinates match day policing, added: "Any reports of racism will be dealt with accordingly."