Police investigate EPL racism claim

    Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov allegedly made racist comments to fans waving an Albanian flag.

    Story highlights

    • Police to investigate incident of alleged racist abuse of a fan by Premier League player
    • Serbia international Aleksandar Kolarov reportedly clashed with fan waving Albanian flag
    • His Manchester City team beat Newcastle 3-1 to stay second in the EPL table
    • Manchester United retained six-point lead after beating Sunderland by the same score
    English football's battle against racism took an unexpected turn on Saturday as police announced an investigation into an alleged altercation between a Serbian player and an opposition fan at a Premier League match.
    Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov reportedly clashed with a supporter who was waving an Albanian flag during the game at Newcastle.
    "Northumbria Police has received a report of racist language having been used at the St James' Park stadium during the Newcastle United vs. Manchester City match today," the police said in a statement.
    "Northumbria Police takes such allegations extremely seriously and enquiries are ongoing into the incident."
    Serbia international Kolarov was born in the capital Belgrade. His country has long been in dispute with Albania over the Kosovo region, where war broke out in 1998.
    The defender was warming up on the sidelines before coming on as a first-half substitute when the argument occurred, according to the UK Press Association.