Bradford City fan arrested for racial abuse of Reading's Garath McCleary

Wednesday March 18th, 2015

A Bradford City fan has been arrested for racially abusing Reading's Garath McCleary during an FA Cup match Monday, according to The Guardian.

McCleary said after Monday's win that he was the victim of racial insults during the first half. A fan was reportedly identified as the perpetrator and ejected at halftime. The fan, later identified as a 36-year-old man from Bradford, was subsequently arrested and released on bail.

If the man is found guilty of the charges, Bradford City will consider a lifetime ban, according to the BBCKick It Out, a British organization that aims to combat racism in soccer, is meeting with Bradford City officials to discuss the incident. 

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"Bradford City do not condone racism or any other form of discriminatory behaviour whatsoever," the club said in a statement.

Four other men were arrested at the game for various unrelated incidents. Reading fans stormed the field after the game and a flare was reportedly thrown into the visitors' end.

McCleary, who is of Jamaican descent, has played for Reading since 2012. He scored the second of Reading's three goals on Monday.

Reading won the game, 3-0, and advanced to the FA Cup semifinal for the first time since 1927. They will face Arsenal on April 17. 

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