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Man City condemn alleged racist abuse towards wonderkid Rico Lewis as two Seville fans arrested and police investigating

TWO Seville fans were arrested for allegedly racially abusing City starlet Rico Lewis as he was subbed at the Etihad on Wednesday night.

The champions released a statement saying they “strongly condemn” such behaviour and vowing to assist Greater Manchester Police and the Spanish club in their enquiries.

Rico Lewis scored a scintillating goal on his full debut
But the 17-year-old was also allegedly the victim of racist abuse from two Sevilla fans

City said: “We will not tolerate discrimination of any kind at our stadium and will be offering our full support to Rico following these vile incidents.”

Lewis – who marked his full debut with a super goal – received a standing ovation from home supporters when he was replaced by Joao Cancelo on 85 minutes.

Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the teenager, saying: “We don’t give present… he had to earn it.

“We have seen him since day one in pre-season and I said: this guy has something special.”

And after the game Lewis took his Instagram to say: “Words can’t describe the feeling.

“First start and goal for this amazing club, I won’t forget this day for the rest of my life, can’t thank the fans enough, amazing as usual.”

Meanwhile, Sevilla said they would be taking their own action against the accused.

They said: “Sevilla FC strongly condemn the behaviour of two fans in the away section of Manchester City’s stadium, who were identified and accused of allegedly behaving in a racist manner towards Manchester City player Rico Lewis.

“Sevilla FC are awaiting official confirmation of these facts, of which they have been made aware by Manchester City, and if these are proven, the two fans will be removed from the list of members.”

SunSport has contacted Greater Manchester Police for a statement.

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