Charlton vow to slap racist supporters with life-time bans after police raids
Charlton manger: Chris Powell
Charlton are ready to hand life bans to nine fans if they are found guilty of making racist chants on a train after their FA Cup defeat by Fulham.
Police launched dawn raids on houses in Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley on Wednesday in connection with the alleged incident following the clash against Martin Jol's side at Craven Cottage on January 7.
The men arrested are aged between 20 and 30 and were taken to a north London police station for questioning.
Charlton defender Leon Cort told Sportsmail: 'It's shocking to hear about this, racism has got no place in football. But I have to say it's a minority because the Charlton fans I've met have been brilliant. We've got many black players and a black manager (Chris Powell) which makes it all the more difficult to understand. It's 2012, how can people still be shouting things like that'
The 32-year-old added: 'Charlton say they'll ban them (if they are found guilty) and that's right, that should be the attitude all clubs take. You don't want people like that going into football grounds.'