Ashley Cole: Man arrested for allegedly racially abusing former England International

The incident reportedly occurred in January when Swindon Town played Manchester City in an FA cup tie.

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Police have arrested a man in connection to the racial abuse directed at Ashley Cole during an FA Cup third round tie.

The incident reportedly occurred in January when Swindon Town played Manchester City in an FA cup tie.

Cole, who played for Arsenal and Chelsea during a lengthy top-flight career, was part of the ITV broadcast team when the incident allegedly took place at the County Ground.

Wiltshire Police have confirmed a 24-year-old is in custody on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Superintendent Phil Staynings, Swindon commander, said:

“Racial abuse of any kind will never be tolerated by Wiltshire Police.

“We have worked closely with the football club, who share our strong stance on this, and would like to thank them for their support in our ongoing investigation.

“We continue to encourage people to report these types of incidents and I’m pleased that my officers have been relentless in securing this positive arrest.

“We will continue to work with the club to stamp out hate crime of any kind that spoils match for the majority of supporters.”

Premier League champions City played a comfortable 4-1 win over League Two side Swindon 4-1 during the match.