A Lithuanian fan has been arrested here for making racist monkey chants at Nigeria’s D’ Tigers.
who was arrested during the Nigeria versus Lithuania basketball game at
the ExCel Centre of the Olympic Park, spent the night in police
One witness reported hearing monkey chants aimed against the
Nigerians as the game was in progress from the section mostly occupied
by the Lithuanian supporters.
“There was a whole block of men who were mostly drunk making that
noise. It seemed to go on for about an hour. The noise they were making
was deafening and was clearly monkey chants,” observed the witness.
One of the stewards posted to the venue, similarly admitted to one of
the Lithuanians giving a Nazi salute on sighting two black staff of the
“Our team leader went over to them to try to get them to calm down
but they didn’t, what can you do? We have no powers to arrest,” claimed
But police authorities arrested the monkey chanting fan under the
Public Order Act and held him overnight in cell and was being questioned
as at press time last night.
Scotland Yard had launched the undercover operation following similar
complaints against the Lithuania on Sunday when they played Argentina
in their first basketball game which they lost.
A statement from Scotland spokesman Wednesday read: “Officers within
the basketball area arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of a
racially aggravated public order offence.