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Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand stoked further controversy when he defied his manager to boycott wearing an anti racism t-shirt.

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Police investigate racist abuse sent to ex-footballer Stan Collymore via Twitter

Staffordshire Police are investigating alleged offensive, racist messages sent via Twitter to former footballer Stan Collymore. Mr Collymore contacted Staffordshire Police yesterday evening after a number of messages were sent to him.

Stan Collymore reporting for radio. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Chief Inspector Carl Ratcliffe, commander of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) said: “It’s everyone’s role to treat each other with respect. It’s our role to investigate complaints of criminal behaviour and where appropriate take action.

"When we become aware of complaints about potential criminal offences, we gather evidence to allow the CPS to make a decision on whether to charge or not.”

Officers have copies of the messages for detailed investigation of alleged crimes, and will be working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Inter and Balotelli fined after racism mars Milan clash

Mario Balotelli was facing his old team in Sunday's 1-1 draw in Serie A. Credit: STUDIO BUZZI/Buzzi/Press Association Images

Italian football giants Inter Milan have been fined 50,000 euros (£43,175) by the league after the club's fans were found guilty of racially abusing Mario Balotelli during Sunday's Milan derby.

The AC Milan striker, who played for Inter before his spell in the Premier League with Manchester City, was also fined 10,000 euros for apparent insulting gestures towards the opposition fans after the final whistle.

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Inter fined after fans racially abuse absent Balotelli

New AC Milan star Mario Balotelli emerged as a major talent at rivals Inter Milan. Credit: REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino

Inter Milan have been fined 15,000 euros (£12,900) by the Italian football league after fans chanted racist abuse about Mario Balotelli - during a game in which the striker was not even playing.

The Inter supporters' chants about the club's former player, now the new star man of city rivals AC Milan, were heard during the first half of Sunday night's 3-1 victory over Chievo.

A statement published on the official Serie A site confirmed the club fine after supporters "directed expressions of racial discrimination to the player of another club". Inter president Massimo Moratti added his condemnation.

The vice-president of AC Milan Paulo Berlusconi, the younger brother of former Italian prime minister Silvio, also recently apologised for racist remarks he made about Balotelli, who joined the club from Manchester City last month.

Footballers praise Boateng for leaving pitch after abuse

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Stoke City striker Michael Owen have tweeted after an AC Milan player left the pitch because he was subjected to racist chants:

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I can only salute Milan's decision to leave the pitch. Also noted that the majority of the fans were completely supportive of the players.

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If the stories about KPB walking off the pitch with teammate's after being racially abused are true,fair play to him..well done #UefaStandUp

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That Prince Boatang footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive.

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Report: 'Church still struggling with racism'

A chaplain to the Queen claimed she has been a victim of racism within the Church of England. The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who became the first black female chaplain to the House of Commons, asked why more people of minority ethnic backgrounds were not in leadership roles within the church.

I've had people who did not want me to do a funeral. I can smile because it's their sheer ignorance - I feel sorry for them. I know that it's not about me, it's about them. We have been encouraging people to stand and people have been putting themselves forward and have not been elected. I think there is a level of racism around that.

Ms Hudson-Wilkin, who was born and brought up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, made the comments in an interview with The Times.

FA unveils new plan to combat football racism

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra
A crisis meeting was held after the spat between Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra (right). Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive

The Football Association has unveiled a new "collective" plan to combat all forms of discrimination in the English game following recent racism scandals in the Premier League.

The Anti-Discrimination Action Plan was born out of a Downing Street summit, held after the high-profile spat that saw Liverpool striker Luis Suarez fined £40,000 and banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

February's meeting was attended by the football authorities, former players, campaign groups and the Prime Minister. Since then, Chelsea captain John Terry has also been banned for four games and fined £220,000 for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Announcing the new plan today, FA Chairman David Bernstein said eradicating discrimination "continues to be a top priority for me."

He said the new plan shows a "collective commitment" on behalf of English football to making the game "inclusive and free of discrimination."

Football racism inquiry after heated exchange

Police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse after Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov became involved in a heated exchange with a spectator at St James' Park.

Northumbria Police confirmed they had received a complaint in the wake of City's 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle this afternoon.

It is understood 27-year-old Serbia international Kolarov became involved in a lengthy exchange with a supporter carrying an Albania flag as he warmed up on the sidelines during the game.

Swansea supporter arrested for racist gesture

Swansea City confirmed one of their supporters has been arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture towards Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong during their 4-3 Barclays Premier League defeat at the Liberty Stadium.

The incident took place after Robert Snodgrass had scored Norwich's fourth goal from a free-kick in the 77th minute.

Bassong, who had scored earlier in the game, went to celebrate with his team-mates but quickly motioned to referee Howard Webb that he believed he had been the victim of a racist gesture

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