A CREWE Alexandra fan has been reported for alleged racial abuse towards Bolton Wanderers Under-23s midfielder, Shakeel Jones-Griffiths.

The Bolton News understands that one supporter was ejected from Friday afternoon's development squad game at the Alexandra Stadium by stewards after aiming an insult towards the 18-year-old midfielder.

Wanderers have praised Crewe's officials for acting swiftly and have vowed to support their player accordingly but it is not yet known what action, if any, will be taken against the person in question.

A statement from the club read: “Bolton Wanderers are aware of the situation regarding alleged racist abuse towards one of our Under-23 players at their recent game against Crewe Alexandra at the Alexandra Stadium.

“The allegation was reported to the referee during the game and appropriate action was taken by the home side in regards to the spectator in question.

“Racism in any walk of life is not to be tolerated and we thank Crewe Alexandra for the swift response to the situation.

“The Bolton Wanderers player involved will receive the necessary support from the club.”

Gates were open for all supporters to attend free of charge on Friday lunch-time but neither club covered the game in detail.

Crewe were also contacted for a statement on Saturday evening and have declined to confirm whether the incident was reported to the local police.

A spokesperson added: “It would not be appropriate for us to comment at this time, but be assured this is an issue we take with extreme concern.”

Jones-Griffiths, a midfielder, was part of David Lee and Tony Kelly’s title-winning side last season and has featured nine times this time around, including five starts and one goal.

The game eventually finished 3-1 to Crewe - who had a handful of first team players on display because the club had no fixture scheduled this weekend. Joe Pritchard scored Wanderers' only goal on the day.

Former Manchester City and Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Ireland also came through an hour for Bolton in his first outing for the club.