CCTV to help prosecute man who allegedly racially abused Ugo Monye at Exeter after Premiership club hand over footage to police
- Ugo Monye was subjected to ‘most blatant racism’ he has heard from a fan
- Former England wing was covering Sunday’s match as a pundit with TNT Sports
- Police have launched an investigation and take allegation ‘extremely seriously’
Police are expected to be able to prosecute the man who allegedly racially abused Ugo Monye, after the incident outside Sandy Park in Exeter on Sunday was seen on CCTV.
The suspect has been identified and one source told Mail Sport ‘they know who he is’. Those present claimed he had been a persistent ‘nuisance’ and ‘attention-seeker’, prior to his verbal attack on the ex-England wing, who is now a pundit.
Footage of the flashpoint, which happened shortly after Exeter’s Premiership win over Gloucester, has been sent by the Chiefs to the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary.
A police statement said: ‘We take all reports of hate crime extremely seriously and will not tolerate this behaviour.’
On Sunday evening, Monye posted on social media: ‘Leaving Sandy Park and one supporter running through crowd starts shouting “N***a, N***a”. Disgraceful.
Former England wing Ugo Monye was covering Sunday’s match as a pundit with TNT Sports
‘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.’
There has been outrage in response to the episode and mass support for Monye from the rugby community and other sporting figures.
It is the second time this season that a member of TNT Sports staff has been verbally abused at Sandy Park, after reporter Jenny Drummond was subjected to aggressive comments there in September.
A Chiefs statement read: ‘We have acted as quickly as possible to ensure this has been dealt with, following the advice of all appropriate authorities.’
Exeter are working closely with Devon & Cornwall police following the incident on Sunday
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