A man has been arrested after Derby County player Duane Holmes was allegedly subjected to racial abuse for a Nottingham Forest fan on social media.
Forest took swift action by suspending the supporter who aimed ‘horrific abuse’ at Holmes.
The midfielder screen-grabbed a tweet he received by a Forest fan and said: “I’ll just leave this one here.”
The Derby player had tweeted: “Massive win to start the season.”
But the rival supporter replied: “Drop us a banana off,” along with a banana emoji.
The club posted a statement on its website on Tuesday condemning the individual responsible and said he has been suspended from attending any matches.
The statement read: “The club are aware of some racist social media messages which have been posted by an individual who claims to be a supporter and denounces the conduct of the individual responsible in the strongest possible terms.
“As soon as the club was made aware of the offending posts the matter was referred to the police as they appear to meet the threshold of criminal conduct. The club will continue to co-operate with the police who are pursuing their enquiries.
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“Whilst these enquiries are ongoing the club has suspended the ability of the individual concerned from attending matches. In addition to this the club would like it to be known that it will take robust steps and sanction any individual who seeks to assist the individual concerned from attending matches in breach of the club’s suspension.
“The club will take further action against the individual when the outcome of the police enquiries and the criminal process is known.”
Nottinghamshire Police later confirmed that an arrest had been made in relation to the incident.
The tweet read: “A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a tweet to Derby County player Duane Holmes.
“He is currently being questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment in relation to the comment made yesterday evening (Monday 5 August).”