NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse following an altercation between Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov and a Newcastle supporter during a Premier League match on Saturday.
Kolarov, who is Serbian, was warming up as a substitute when he is believed to have become involved in a lengthy exchange with a fan who was carrying an Albanian flag. Northumbria Police say they have "received a report of racist language having been used at the St James' Park stadium," adding that "enquiries are ongoing into the incident."
There is a long history of tension between Serbia and Albania, particularly over the disputed region of Kosovo. Kolarov came on as a 37th-minute substitute in City's 3-1 win.