Black Soccer Player Target Of Racism In England

November 28, 2012
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West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku
West Bromwich Albion's Romelu Lukaku, celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

LONDON (AP) — Police have launched an investigation after a monkey gesture by a fan was apparently aimed at West Bromwich Albion striker Romelu Lukaku during Saturday's English Premier League match at Sunderland.

In pictures that emerged on Tuesday, a fan appeared to make a monkey gesture at the Belgium international, who is black, after he scored West Brom's third goal in a 4-2 win.

The Northumbria Police force says it's "carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland vs. West Brom match on Saturday."

Lukaku is on a season-long loan at West Brom from Premier League rival Chelsea.

The case comes less than a month after a Chelsea fan was banned from Stamford Bridge for making a monkey gesture in a match against Manchester United.

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