PETERBOROUGH, England — Two fans of English third-tier club Doncaster were arrested on suspicion of racism during a match at Peterborough on Thursday.
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Peterborough, which announced the arrests in the away end, said it was working with Doncaster and police on the incident.
Doncaster said it would issue a “substantial club ban” for anyone involved in racist conduct, and would require them to undergo “educational actions” before being allowed into games again.
“As a club we abhor racism in any form,” said Doncaster, which won the League One match 3-0.
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The incident comes as Premier League club Tottenham continues to search for the perpetrators of racial abuse reported by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in a game on Sunday. A Chelsea fan was arrested at the same game on suspicion of racially abusing Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.
The Professional Footballers’ Association has called for a government-led inquiry into racism in English football.
Antonio Conte is set to get his captain back after missing out on time with a glute injury.
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Chelsea captain John Terry is expected to return to the Blues lineup on Sunday when the team takes on Peterborough United in the FA Cup Third round.
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The veteran defender has yet to play a match for the Blues since their EFL Cup defeat to West Ham back in October. Terry could potentially provide cover to centerback David Luiz, who will likely be rested after a long spell of matches.
“Yes he can play,” Conte said ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup match. “John is in a good shape and he’s ready to play. He’s doing great work on the pitch and outside the pitch. It’s important to underline this.”
While Conte wouldn’t admit that Terry would be a guaranteed starter on Sunday, the Italian manager did state that out-of-favor striker Michy Batshuayi and Kurt Zouma will both be in the XI against Peterborough.
“Now we [have named] two players: Michy and Zouma,” Conte added. “If we continue maybe you know exactly what our starting XI is!”
West Ham are set to complete the signing of teenage striker Jaanai Gordon on January 1st after agreeing to a deal with League One side Peterborough.
The 18-year-old Gordon has been on trial with the Hammers and recently scored in an Under-18 match against Aston Villa and in two first-team friendlies.
Since September 2012 Gordon has appeared in seven first team games for Peterborough.
The Northampton-born striker is the first of what’s expected to be a few striker signings for West Ham, who have also been linked with a loan bid for Al Ain striker Asamoah Gyan and a loan bid or full purchase of Everton hit man Nikica Jelavic.
Gordon is known as a powerful striker with notable pace and a nose for goals. The question then becomes – Can Gordon make an immediate impact for West Ham?
“If it all comes together for Jaanai then West Ham have got themselves a really top player,” said Gavin Strachan, Gordon’s old youth coach at Posh.
With the current competition of Carlton Cole and Modibo Maiga, there’s no reason to think Sam Allardyce won’t give the 18-year-old a shot.
West Ham currently sit 19th in the table after winning just one of their last 10 Premier League fixtures.