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Police investigate image that appears to show Sunderland fan making monkey gesture at West Brom’s Romelu Lukaku

Damian Spellman

Published 27/11/2012 | 15:28

POLICE have launched an investigation into allegations that West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused at Sunderland on Saturday.

Northumbria Police have confirmed they are looking into a complaint after a Black Cats supporter was pictured apparently making a monkey gesture towards the Belgium international after he converted a penalty in his side's 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light.

A spokesman said: "Police are carrying out enquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland v West Brom match on Saturday.

"A report was received at 10.10pm on Saturday, November 24."

Sunderland reiterated their firm stance on racism and promised to fully co-operate with police as the investigation got underway.

A club spokesman said: "SAFC operates a policy of zero tolerance towards racism and anti-social behaviour of any kind and naturally we will co-operate with the police in fully investigating any such incidents."

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