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Police 'make contact' with man over alleged racist abuse

Former England international Ugo Monye, now rugby presenter, looks on during the Gallagher Premiership match (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Police have “made contact” with a man in connection with the alleged racist abuse suffered by former England international Ugo Monye after Sunday’s match between Exeter and Gloucester.


The 40-year-old ex-Harlequins player, now a pundit, said the incident occurred as he was leaving Sandy Park following the Chiefs’ 25-24 Gallagher Premiership victory.

Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement: “We have identified and made contact with a man in connection to the incident and we are in the process of speaking to the victim.

“Our enquiries are currently ongoing into the incident.”


Monye wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that as he was leaving the stadium, one supporter running through crowd repeatedly shouted a racist insult. He added: “Disgraceful. Not a single person said a word, challenged or even reported it.

“He walks off after a mild scuffle and fans are now telling me ‘We’re with you’ B******S you’re with me. You weren’t with me when you saw and heard the most blatant racism I’ve seen from a supporter at a live game. So fed up.”

Exeter swiftly issued a statement vowing to investigate the matter and apologising to Monye.

It read: “In light of recent accusations regarding an incident of racist abuse at Sandy Park following the conclusion of our victory over Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership, Exeter will be launching a full investigation.


“This behaviour will not be tolerated at our rugby club, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.



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