A Burnley supporter has been charged with a racially aggravated offence after allegedly aiming abuse at Brighton's Gaetan Bong on February 9.

Club stewards responded to reports of racist abuse received by supporters in the away end during the game. Two individuals were identified, ejected from the stadium and arrested by Sussex Police officers.

Sussex police said: "Nathan Higgins, 18, a student, of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

"Stewart Higgins, 53, an engineer, [also] of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

"Both defendants were released on unconditional bail and are due to appear before Brighton magistrates court on 14 March."

Bong has been targeted by some Burnley fans since accusing West Brom's Jay Rodriguez of racially abusing him during a Premier League game last year, leading to an FA charge for the striker. The FA declared the charge to be "not proven" against Rodriguez, who began his career at Burnley.

Bong was also targeted by West Brom fans during Brighton's FA Cup victory at the Hawthorns last week.