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Canaries report race attacks on Bassong

NORWICH have reported four separate incidents of racist abuse aimed at defender Sebastien Bassong, the club have confirmed.

Bassong (below) informed referee Howard Webb immediately after being targeted by a Swansea fan as the Norwich players celebrated a goal in their 4-3 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

That followed two racist Tweets sent to the Cameroon international after a Premier League game at Everton on November 24, where Bassong scored a late equaliser for Norwich.

Another message was received by the player on Twitter in the aftermath of the Swansea game and Norwich confirmed in a statement that all of the incidents had been reported to police.

The statement read: "Norwich City regrets to confirm four separate cases involving actual or alleged racist abuse aimed at our defender Sebastien Bassong have been reported to police in the last two weeks.


"Following a complaint made by Sebastien to referee Howard Webb during last Saturday's Premier League win at Swansea, a man in the home section of the crowd was arrested and later charged in relation to alleged racist abuse.

"In the evening following the match a tweet containing racist abuse was sent to Sebastien's twitter account. We have this morning passed details of this incident on to Norfolk Police for them to investigate.

"Meanwhile, Norfolk Police are in the process of investigating two further separate racist tweets about Sebastien sent following our 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday, November 24."

The Swansea fan was escorted out of the stadium and was bailed on Sunday.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton also praised the work done by both Swansea and the police to identify the culprit as quickly as possible.

Bassong remains in the Norwich squad for tonight's League Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa as he looks to continue his good run of form.