Police probe claims Ashley Cole was racially abused during FA Cup tie

Police investigate claims Ashley Cole was racially abused while working as pundit during Man City’s FA Cup win at Swindon… as League Two club say they are ‘saddened and deeply disgusted’ and vow to ban offenders

  • Ashley Cole was allegedly racially abused at County Ground on Friday night
  • Former England left-back was covering third round FA Cup tie for ITV 
  • Wiltshire Police has launched investigation into the incident  
  • Swindon owner Clem Morfuni said the club was ‘disgusted’ by incident
  • Morfuni has apologised to Cole and said the club was collaborating with police 

Ashley Cole is alleged to have been subject to racial abuse during Friday’s FA Cup third round tie between Swindon Town and Manchester City.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back was part of ITV’s commentary team and was reportedly targeted by a Swindon fan at the County Ground.

‘We are aware that one person was subject to racial abuse at the County Ground following the Swindon Town v Manchester City game,’ Supt Phil Staynings of Wiltshire police said in a statement.

Ashley Cole was allegedly subject to racial abuse during the game between Swindon Town and Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night

‘We have already commenced an investigation, obtaining statements and securing CCTV.

‘Further inquiries in relation to this incident are ongoing. Behaviour of this nature is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.’

Swindon’s owner Clem Morfuni said the club was ‘saddened and disgusted’ by the incident, apologised to Cole and confirmed the League Two outfit was collaborating with the investigation.

The former England international was at the County Ground as part of ITV’s commentary team


‘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.,’ Morfuni said.

‘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.

Swindon have condemned the incident and their owner has apologised to Cole

Manchester City ran out comfortable winners as they dispatched Swindon 4-1

Gabriel Jesus (above), Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Cole Palmer all scored for City

‘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 beat Swindon 4-1 on Friday, courtesy of goals from Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Cole Palmer to book their place in Sunday’s fourth round draw. 

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