Fan arrested over 'disgraceful' act towards Premier League legend

·Sports Reporter
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Rio Ferdinand (pictured) talking during BT broadcast.
Rio Ferdinand (pictured) was allegedly racially abused during broadcast as Manchester United defeated Wolves. (Image: BT Sport)

A man has been arrested after allegedly racially abusing Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand during broadcast on the final day of the Premier League.

Wolves apologised to Ferdinand over the alleged incident as a man was arrested following an alleged racial gesture towards the pundit during United's 2-1 victory over the club at the Molineux.

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Ferdinand took to social media to call out the alleged incident during the game, which he described as a 'monkey chant'.

The incident occurred with up to 4,500 fans returning to the stands.

Ferdinand later addressed the incident in the live broadcast with a classy response.

"I'd love to meet up with the fella and just educate him a little bit," Ferdinand said.

"Punishing people without education isn't the way forward.

"It's disappointing after a year waiting for people to get back into the stadium and you come in with ignorance like that.

"Uncalled for, not needed and not warranted at all. Disappointed really."

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Wolves apologise to Ferdinand

Wolves took to social media following the alleged incident and apologised to Ferdinand.

“This person does not represent our club, our supporters or our values. We can confirm that this individual has been arrested by @WMPolice, who we will support to ensure that the strongest action is taken, including a lifetime ban from our club," a club statement read.

The football world took to social media to rally around Ferdinand after hearing his words.

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Elsewhere, boos could be heard as players took to one-knee before the match between Aston Villa and Chelsea at Villa Park.

While the boos were drowned out with cheers, player Tyron Mings took to social media to call for more education for the supporters who did not understand the gesture.

“A great win to finish. (It) was brilliant to have our family and the fans back at VP," Mings wrote on Twitter.

“To anyone that booed us taking the knee, have a look at yourself and ask if you truly support equality and equal opportunity for the black players on the pitch. It’s tiring. Educate yourself.

“There was also a lot of applause by the way and to you lot, I love ya’ll. Thank you.”

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