Stoke City have apologised to Blackpool's Jason Euell and plan to take a 'hard line' with regards to the punishment on a fan accused of racial abuse.
Euell was involved in a touchline incident with an individual in the crowd during Tuesday's Carling Cup tie at the Britannia Stadium.
The fan was then escorted from the ground and detained by police before being released on bail.
Stoke have now issued an apology to Euell and have pledged to 'impose the toughest possible sanctions' on the individual.
The Potters' chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club's official website: "We will take a hard line because we do not tolerate racist or abusive language of this type.
"We must first wait though for the outcome of the Police investigation into this incident before imposing our sanctions upon this person.
"The Britannia Stadium is a family environment and it is staggering that in this day and age, people may be subjected to this kind of language.
He added: "On behalf of Stoke City football club, I would like to apologise to Jason Euell, and indeed Blackpool Football Club, for the behaviour of this supporter."