Middlesbrough fan's 'racist gesture' at Blackburn match probed

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Image caption The fan was seen gesturing at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium

An alleged racist gesture by a fan at the end of a Championship match between Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers has sparked a police investigation.

Middlesbrough led 1-0 at the Riverside until four minutes into stoppage time, when Blackburn's Rudy Gestede scored a controversial equaliser.

A Middlesbrough fan was seen gesturing at a player in a way perceived as racist at the end of the match.

Blackburn reported the incident to the FA following the match on 29 November.

It happened at about 17:00 GMT as the Blackburn players applauded their fans, police said.

Gestede appeared to react angrily to a signal from the crowd.

Middlesbrough were aggrieved because they felt their goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos had been fouled in the run-up to the goal.

The fan who made the gesture was is the East Stand in block 40-42, police said.

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