Holloway calls for life ban of Stoke fan over 'race attack' on Blackpool's Euell
23 September 2009 11:59
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Police have detained a man who is alleged to have racially abused Blackpool striker Jason Euell during the Carling Cup tie at Stoke City.
Euell was interviewed by officers following the third round match after a home supporter was ejected by stewards and then detained.
Stoke went on to record a 4-3 victory and while Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was proud of his team he was incensed at the incident.
Euell was sitting in the dug-out at the time and could hardly disguise his anger.
Holloway said: "There was one horrible moment when a racist remark was made to Jason by one supporter. I hope the fellow is banned for life.
"We do not want anything like that. Jason is a footballer - it should not matter the colour of his skin.
"It is disgusting. The stewards believed what Jason said and got him out. I have to thank them for that.
"People around the fellow should have said they were not putting up with what was said. It is wrong.
"I saw Jason's reaction and tried to calm him down. I thought these days were gone but maybe I am being naive."
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "A 47-year-old man remains in custody this morning (Wednesday) after a complaint was received that a supporter had made racist comments to a visiting player."
The incident follows claims by Blackburn Rovers winger El Hadji Diouf that he was racially abused by Everton fans at the weekend. Diouf is being investigated over allegations he made a racist remark to a ballboy at Goodison Park.