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Keeper's race abuse claim during Bristol Rovers match

Jason Brown talks to referee Image copyright Neil Brookman
Image caption Jason Brown said he was racially abused by a home fan during the game

Police are investigating after a goalkeeper claimed he was racially abused during a Bristol Rovers match.

Dartford keeper Jason Brown, 32, complained to the referee during the second half of the Conference match on Tuesday evening.

The player said on Twitter a home fan had verbally abused him. A suspect was then told to leave the ground.

Avon and Somerset Police said the matter had been reported to them and they were "investigating".

"Officers have spoken to the goalkeeper after the game and have taken a statement from him," police said.

'Appreciate support'

"I ask any Bristol Rovers fan that knows this idiot and the steward please go and report him don't let him bring down your fantastic club," Mr Brown said on Twitter.

"I really and truly appreciate all the support I am getting not only from my own supporters but from Bristol Rovers."

A statement from Bristol Rovers said the club was helping police indentify the suspect.

"Bristol Rovers operates a zero tolerance approach to abusive behaviour and, after all of our efforts to eliminate racial abuse from the Memorial Stadium, we are devastated at last night's incident," a statement said.

"A small minority of so-called supporters are bringing our club into disrepute and we run the risk of attracting a punishment from the Football Association should we continue to experience problems such as this."

Bristol Rovers won the game 1-0.

Former Aberdeen and Gillingham keeper Brown has spoken publicly against racism in football and has previously questioned the effectiveness of anti-discrimination group Kick It Out.

The incident comes after six fans were jailed for their part in a pitch invasion at the end of last season.

An investigation was also launched after a confrontation between a player and fan during a match at Braintree in Essex last month.

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