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Police 'make contact' with man over alleged racist abuse

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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