Chelsea racism claim: Man arrested

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A man believed to be a Chelsea fan has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a woman, police have said.

The man, 48, was taken into custody on Saturday evening, hours after Chelsea's draw at Norwich.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are searching for a number of other people in connection with a separate incident on a train.

The force said it was alerted to an incident on the 16:00 GMT train from Norwich to London Liverpool Street.

Club concern

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "Around 8.20pm on Saturday 21 January, a 48-year-old man, believed to be a Chelsea supporter, was arrested at Liverpool Street on suspicion of racially abusing a woman and was taken into custody.

"Separately, just before 6pm, police were made aware of another incident involving Chelsea fans on board the 1600 Norwich to London Liverpool Street service.

"At this stage, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident."

Chelsea has pledged to take action against any fan proved to be involved in racist chanting.

The arrested man, who has not been named, was detained on Sunday and is being held in custody, BTP said.

Chelsea said it was concerned to have heard that a "small number of fans" had been involved in the alleged incident.

"We are working to help the relevant authorities identify those responsible and will take the strongest possible action should these allegations prove to be true," it said in a statement on its website.

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