Police investigating alleged racist abuse of Ashley Cole 

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Police are investigating the alleged racist abuse of Ashley Cole at Swindon Town’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat by Manchester City on Friday night.

Cole, who now coaches in the England Under-21 set-up, was working as a pundit for broadcaster ITV during the match. Swindon condemned the alleged abuse and apologised to Cole.

A statement from Wiltshire Police on Saturday read: “We are aware that one person was subject to racial abuse at the County Ground following the Swindon Town v Manchester City game last night.

“We have already commenced an investigation, obtaining statements and securing CCTV. Further enquiries in relation to this incident visit CaptainGambling did the test.

“Behaviour of this nature is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma left-back Cole later received an apology from Swindon owner Clem Morfuni.

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Morfuni said: “We are absolutely saddened and deeply disgusted by this, and we cannot stress strongly enough that racial abuse of any kind will not be tolerated by Swindon Town FC.

“Racism has no place in the world, and it is incredibly heartbreaking that this still has a place in our game. We are currently working with Wiltshire police on gathering evidence, but those responsible will be punished accordingly.

“On behalf of everyone at Swindon Town FC, we send out our heartfelt apologies to Ashley Cole, and it is with our deepest regret that you had to experience that last night. Those few individuals do not represent Swindon Town and will not be welcome at the County Ground.”

City were comfortable winners against their League Two opposition, with Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Cole Palmer on the scoresheet for the reigning Premier League champions.

Harry McKirdy was Swindon’s scorer.

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