LONDON — British police have launched an investigation after a racist gesture appeared to be aimed by a fan at West Bromwich Albion striker Romelu Lukaku during an English Premier League match at Sunderland. In pictures that emerged on Tuesday, a fan appeared to make a monkey gesture at the Belgium international, who is black, after he scored West Brom's third goal in a 4-2 win.
The Northumbria Police force says it's "carrying out inquiries after a report of racist abuse was received at the Sunderland vs West Brom match on Saturday".
Lukaku is on a season-long loan at West Brom from Premier League rival Chelsea. The incident comes less than a month after a Chelsea fan was banned from Stamford Bridge for making a monkey gesture in a match against Manchester United.