Norwich launch investigation after fan allegedly racially abused Crystal Palace players along with social media comments

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NORWICH has launched an investigation after a fan of Crystal Palace players were allegedly racially abused.

And the Carrow Road side is also noticing racist comments on social media by Canary supporters targeting their own stars.

Norwich are under investigation after Canary fans directed racist abuses on themselves and Crystal Palace players on Tuesday (normal photo)

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Norwich are under investigation after Canary fans directed racist abuses on themselves and Crystal Palace players on Tuesday (normal photo)credit: getty
Dean Smith's team lost 3-0 at Selhurst Park as his poor form continued

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Dean Smith’s team lost 3-0 at Selhurst Park as his poor form continuedcredit: Reuters

Norwich were beaten 3-0 by the Eagles on Tuesday as their hopes of avoiding relegation made another dent.

But in more significant matters, the club is now investigating claims that target racism to a set of players, both on the field and online.

A statement from the Canaries said: “Following our game at Crystal Palace, the club was aware of racist comments online directed at some of our players as well as racist comments allegedly made by our supporters at the stadium to protest players. Was disappointed to learn.

“This kind of behavior is not welcome in following and supporting Norwich City.

“The club will continue to support affected players, while demanding action from social media companies to ensure that users are held accountable for their unacceptable behavior.

“The club has also reported the incident to Norfolk Police.

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“One person has also been identified and an investigation is underway following alleged racist comments directed at Crystal Palace players.

“No player, be it our player or the opposition player, should not be a victim of such abuse.

“In Norwich City we will continue to do everything we can to eliminate all form of unlawful discrimination from all sport.

“Where identified, the club will support and enforce the strongest possible sanctions against perpetrators of this behavior.”

In October, SunSport revealed that reports of racism in English football have increased by more than 50 percent this season.

Anti-racism charity Kick It Out had received “just over 50 percent” more cases than the last time stadiums filled in the 2019-20 season before the pandemic.

The news came as Simon Silwood became the first fan to be jailed for online misbehavior of a player, West Brom’s Romain Sawyers.

Earlier in December, police arrested a Leeds United fan after allegedly targeting racist abuse at Arsenal’s deputy back.

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