Wolves have apologized to Rio Ferdinand after a supporter was arrested for making a racist gesture towards the former Manchester United and England defender in Molineux.
Ferdinand was at the stadium as an expert as Wolves were beaten 2-1 by United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The match saw the fans return to the ground, with a crowd of 4,500 Wolves supporters in attendance.
During the match, Ferdinand posted a message on Twitter which read: “The last few weeks it has been unreal to see the fans again.
“However, for the Wolves fan who just got kicked out for singing a monkey to me.” You must be licensed from football and educated.
“Come meet me and I’ll help you understand what it’s like to be a victim of racial violence!”
A subsequent tweet from Wolves said, “We are deeply sorry for Rio.
“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 be supporting to ensure the strongest action is taken, including a lifetime ban from our club. ”
West Midlands Police said in a tweet: “A 31 year old man was arrested during the @Wolves v @ManUtd game this afternoon after a racist move was directed at @ rioferdy5.
“We will not tolerate hate crimes in football.
Elsewhere, audible boos were heard at Villa Park as Aston Villa and Chelsea players took the knee before kick-off.
As he was drowned in applause for the gesture in the fight for equality, defender Tyrone Mings questioned the education of those supporters who disagreed with the ritual before- match.
Mings said on Twitter: “A great victory to finish. (It was) great to have our family and the fans back at VP.
“To everyone who booed us for taking the knee, look at yourself and ask yourself if you really support equality and equal opportunity for black players on the court. It’s tiring. Inquire.
“There was also a lot of applause by the way and for you a lot, I adore you. Thank you. ”