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Arrest over Plymouth Argyle v Southend racism claims

Plymouth Argyle
Image caption A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing racially aggravated harassment

Police have arrested a man over an alleged racist incident at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park ground.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a man at Saturday's match "allegedly shouted racial abuse comments towards the playing area".

A 33-year-old from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of causing racially aggravated harassment during the League Two clash with Southend.

He was later released on bail until 8 March pending further enquiries.

Plymouth Argyle has launched its own investigation.

'Heritage'

The club said in a statement: "We are proud to be a family club, where people of all abilities, ages, beliefs, genders, races, religions and sexual orientation can unite to enjoy 'the beautiful game'.

"As a club, we have always embraced players and supporters of many nationalities and creeds; this is our heritage and our legacy.

"Prejudice and hatred simply do not mix with supporting our team."

It added: "We have excluded people for racist behaviour previously and will have no hesitation in taking this action again.

"We urge supporters who see any signs of any form of anti-social behaviour to inform us immediately."

Argyle drew 2-2 with Southend, who say they will co-operate fully in any investigation Plymouth carry out.

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