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Chelsea racism row: yob who made "monkey" gesture at Manchester United ace Welbeck pictured dressed as a lady and wearing a mankini

Named, shamed and NOW exposed: Chelsea yob who allegedly made 'monkey' gesture at United ace Welbeck pictured dressed as a lady… and wearing a mankini

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 2 November 2012


Away kit: Gavin Kirkham who was caught on camera allegedly directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, poses here as a woman in a dress and green wig on his MySpace page

Away kit: Gavin Kirkham who was caught on camera allegedly directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, poses here as a woman in a dress and green wig on his MySpace page

The racist yob who abused Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck with a monkey gesture has been named as Gavin Kirkham.

As of early on Friday morning no arrest had been made following his disgraceful actions during Chelsea’s 5-4 win in the Capital One Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

Kirkham, 28, was pictured making an obscene gesture at Welbeck from the Matthew Harding Stand, triggering yet another police investigation at the club yesterday.

Kirkham, from Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was sitting in the same area where a steward was injured during Sunday’s league game with Manchester United.

The image (right) shows him dressed as a lady in a green wig. In the picture (below) he is posing in a 'Borat mankini' on his MySpace page.

The Sun newspaper last night tracked Kirkham down at his flat in Letchworth, Herts.

Asked by a reporter if he wanted to comment Kirkham said: 'Not at the moment, no.'

He added he was busy 'trying to earn a living' and said he had not been contacted by police officers or Chelsea officials.

Kirkham
— who lists his pastimes on Facebook as Chelsea, playing football and
drinking — refused to comment further, adding: 'Call me tomorrow.'

The monkey gesture was particularly
embarrassing for Chelsea after they went to great lengths to remind
supporters that safety and respectful behaviour is paramount.

Chelsea, who had pleaded with
supporters to identify the culprit — who was sat in row one of the stand
— are already on the back foot over another racism incident, after
alleging that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’
in the league match with United.

Chelsea had said they would ban the individual for life when he was eventually identified.

Gavin Kirkham, 28, who was allegedly caught on camera making a 'monkey' gesture at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, wears a 'Borat mankini'.

Picture shocker: Gavin Kirkham, 28, who was allegedly caught on camera making a 'monkey' gesture at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, wears a 'Borat mankini'.

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball
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A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘Chelsea
are committed to removing all forms of discrimination and if we have
sufficient evidence we will take the strongest possible action,
including supporting criminal prosecution.’

Chelsea are under siege after a
series of racism rows and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised them
for publicising their complaint against Clattenburg.

Wenger, however, believes any dispute should have been settled immediately after the match or behind closed doors.

The Frenchman repeatedly hit out at
Chelsea’s decision to ‘go public’ with their allegations and insisted
such matters should remain private.

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

Wenger said: ‘I believe one of the
great things in sport is the battle. When it is on in football,
especially in England, you can sort out the problems you had internally.
If it becomes a sport to make the lawyers rich, I am not a fan of it.

‘One of the great things in sports,
as well, is tolerance, forgiveness and explanation internally and I
think it should stay like that.
'It can happen that a referee doesn’t behave well. I do not say they are
angels, but it is always better to sort it out in the (match
officials’) room.

‘I prefer, when I didn’t behave well,
that I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game, or
on another day, than going public with little proof. I’m not a great
believer in making these stories public.

‘I must say that my deep feeling is
that I was not always completely behaving very well in this situation,
because they are very heated situations. But I am a deep supporter of
doing that internally.’

Chelsea dropped their second
allegation against Clattenburg after an external legal team warned them
that their claim he called Juan Mata ‘a Spanish t***’ would not stand up
before an FA commission. The club appeared robust and confident of
success, however, in their pursuit of Clattenburg over claims he called
Mikel a ‘monkey’.

On Thursday the FA were sifting
through Chelsea witness statements. The FA’s compliance department have
yet to make a decision over whether to interview Chelsea players
formally, but there will be scepticism over Jenni Kennedy’s role by
Chelsea.

As head of compliance she taped her
interview with John Terry after he was accused of racially abusing Anton
Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Incredibly she failed to tape the
interview with left back Ashley Cole, which caused considerable
discomfort and embarrassment for the FA in the independent regulatory
commission.

This time Chelsea will insist that
they are recorded and are likely to be accompanied by a club lawyer if
the FA decide there is a case to answer.

Mikel only discovered the allegation
when he entered the dressing room last Sunday in a conversation with
Ramires. Mikel then attempted to kick down Clattenburg’s door before he
confronted the official.

Fans in Cyprus throw flare at injured player

Fans in Cyprus throw firecracker at injured player during heated clash with rivals

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 22 October 2012

Fans of a Cypriot club have been blasted after they threw a firecracker at a rival team's player while he was receiving treatment for an injury.

Anorthosis Famagusta's Ricardo Laborde was stricken on the field when the flare was thrown during the match with AC Omonia.

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Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Video footage shows trainers who were tending to injured player, as well as the Colombian forward himself, writhing on the
ground after the firecracker exploded just inches from their faces but no-one was injured in the attack.

Anorthosis have urged police
to carry out more thorough checks of fans entering stadium grounds.
Police said investigators are pouring over CCTV footage to track down
the culprit.

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

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Brighton 1 Newcastle 0: Williamson the fall guy as Seagulls claim Cup upset

Brighton 1 Newcastle 0: Williamson the fall guy again as Seagulls claim Cup upset

Gus Poyet once again ended Newcastle's FA Cup hopes as npower Championship Brighton pulled off a fourth-round shock.

As a Chelsea player in 2000, Poyet's
two goals knocked Newcastle out in the semi-final at Wembley as the
Blues went on to lift the trophy.

Will Buckley of Brighton celebrates after scoring the winner

Will Buckley of Brighton celebrates after scoring the winner

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Brezovan, Calderon, Greer, Dunk, El-Abd, Sparrow (Navarro 46), Bridcutt, Forster-Caskey (Harley 65), Buckley, Mackail-Smith (Hoskins 90), Barnes. Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Vincelot, Agdestein, Hall.

Booked: Sparrow.

Goals: Williamson 76 og.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Santon (Ferguson 83),
Guthrie (Gosling 83), Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 83), Shola Ameobi, Best. Subs Not Used: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Obertan, Kadar.

Booked: Simpson.

Att: 21,558

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

And 12 years later the Brighton manager masterminded a famous win for his side as Will Buckley's shot, deflected into his own net by Mike Williamson, sent the Magpies packing.

Brighton had already knocked Sunderland out of the Carling Cup this season at their new Amex Stadium, and thanks to Buckley's lung-busting run and shot 15 minutes from time, they secured a north-east double scalp.

Newcastle had not been to Wembley since that Poyet-inspired Chelsea defeat but Magpies boss Alan Pardew, a runner-up as a player and a manager, clearly saw the competition as a realistic chance for some silverware.

He named his strongest available line-up with only skipper Fabricio Coloccini missing after he failed to shake off a groin injury.

But they wasted the few opportunities Brighton afforded them with Leon Best the chief culprit.

Best found himself unmarked 18 yards out early on but his low drive flew narrowly wide.

Best
squandered an even better chance in the 12th minute when Shola Ameobi
headed the ball back across the Brighton six-yard box to his strike
partner, who planted his header wastefully over the top.

One had on the Cup: Brighton's Adam El-Abd, left, celebrates their victory

One had on the Cup: Brighton's Adam El-Abd, left, celebrates their victory

At the other end Buckley skipped in between Danny Guthrie and Davide Santon far too easily but could not get his shot away.

Buckley
roasted Santon again on the half-hour and this time pulled the ball
back towards Craig Mackail-Smith but Magpies keeper Tim Krul managed to
gather the ball before the Scotland striker pounced.

Mackail-Smith
sensed glory moments later when he was teed up by Ashley Barnes but his
attempted 20-yard curler was never going to trouble Krul as it sailed
wide.

On a roll: Brighton celebrate Buckley's strike

On a roll: Brighton celebrate Buckley's strike

Toon defender Danny Simpson then
almost surprised the hosts with a marauding run into the area but Lewis
Dunk bravely blocked his shot and Gordon Greer completed the clearance.

Mackail-Smith had a shot deflected wide by James Perch and Adam El-Abd headed the resulting corner over before half-time.

Newcastle
were first to threaten after the break with Ameobi again playing in
Best, whose shot was kept out by the legs of home keeper Peter Brezovan,
and Guthrie's follow-up shot was deflected over.

Brighton's Jake Forster-Caskey is brought down by Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle

Grounded: Brighton's Jake Forster-Caskey is brought down by Hatem Ben Arfa

Brezovan was in action again from the corner, palming a fierce close-range shot on the turn from Ameobi round the post, and he also kept out a low drive from Yohan Cabaye.

Temperatures were starting to rise on the benches after Simpson was booked for a nasty challenge on Mackail-Smith by the touchline, before Poyet's not entirely-serious reaction to Hatem Ben Arfa falling to the ground clutching his ankle seemed to irritate Pardew.

Then Cabaye appeared to lash out with a stray foot into the head of El-Abd as both players tumbled to the floor.

Sinking feeling: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Sinking feeling: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

Krul was called into action for the first time in the second half when he parried Mackail-Smith's near-post shot wide in the 70th minute.

And five minutes later Krul was beaten when Buckley got the piece of luck his barnstorming run probably deserved.

The 1million summer signing from Watford picked up the ball in his own half and charged forward into the Newcastle area before side-stepping Cabaye.

His shot looked to be going wide but it took a huge deflection off Williamson to wrong-foot Krul and bounce into the net.

Newcastle had a late penalty shout when Cabaye's shot hit Barnes' arm but the Seagulls survived to reach the last 16 for the second successive year.

Liverpool race row, Tom Adeyemi: Fan arrested

Fan arrested in connection of alleged racist abuse of Oldham's Adeyemi at Anfield

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence after Oldham Tom Adeyemi was allegedly abused by fans during an FA Cup game against Liverpool.

The Merseyside club were left reeling following allegations that one or more supporters on The Kop had reduced 20-year-old Adeyemi to tears by calling him a ‘black b******’ and a ‘black c***’.

Fans were also heard to chant the name of Luis Suarez, banned for eight games for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra at Anfield earlier this season, as a distraught Adeyemi tried to cope in the aftermath of the alleged abuse.

Flashpoint: Adeyemi reacts with disgust after alleged abuse was directed at him

Flashpoint: Adeyemi reacts with disgust after alleged abuse was directed at him

Prior to the arrest, a Liverpool statement said: ‘We take this matter extremely seriously and have provided Merseyside Police with the evidence we currently have available to us.

‘This includes CCTV coverage and still photography of what we believe to be the relevant part of the stadium, statements from stewards in that area and full access to all our TV footage.’ The club are also examining ticket records and have urged any supporters who witnessed the incident to contact them or the police.

A senior source at the club said: ‘We will do whatever we can to help the police.

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

‘We don’t want to prejudge anything
but if there is a case where it is proven racial abuse was shouted at an
opposition player, the perpetrators will not be watching football at
Anfield again.’

Because the incident happened in an
FA Cup tie, it is possible that those responsible were not Liverpool
season-ticket holders, who are entitled to use their tickets only for
Premier League games.

Oldham director Barry Owen said:
‘People in the Liverpool boardroom were very concerned when they heard
what had happened. They could not have done more to help.

‘Tom spoke to the police after the
game and made a complaint. I and manager Paul Dickov spoke to Tom on
Saturday to check he’s OK and he knows we’re here if he needs us.’

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Shocked neighbours of Adeyemi’s
family expressed their disgust at the abuse suffered by the young
player, who is on loan at Oldham from Norwich.

His parents, Elijah and Toni, who run
healthcare companies in the Norwich area, were believed to have been at
Anfield and witnessed the abuse of their son, who turned down an
unconditional place at Cambridge University to pursue his football
career.

Neighbour Annabelle Gooch said: ‘They are lovely people and Tom is an extremely intelligent young man.’

Her husband, Edward, 73, added: ‘Tom wants to be a doctor after his football career. I cannot believe what was said.’

New Liverpool race row fan abuses Oldham player

New race row rocks Anfield after Liverpool fan abuses Oldham player

Liverpool and the police are investigating an incident which took place during the 5-1 FA Cup third-round win over Oldham at Anfield, where visiting defender Tom Adeyemi was seemingly the target of abuse from fans.

Just when the aftermath of striker Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra was dying down, the Merseysiders have found themselves having to deal with another issue.

Late in the game the 20-year-old, on loan from Norwich, appeared to take offence to something shouted from the Kop.

Flashpoint: Adeyemi reacts with disgust after alleged abuse was directed at him

Flashpoint: Adeyemi reacts with disgust after alleged abuse was directed at him

Despite reassurance from his
team-mates, Dirk Kuyt and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, the
right-back was visibly upset and seemed close to tears.

There then appeared to be discussion
between the fourth official and a police officer down by the tunnel
while the match was continuing.

Liverpool confirmed an incident took place and said investigations were continuing.

'An incident occurred in the second
half of the match which is now being investigated by both the club and
the police,' said a statement.

'We will continue to work with the
police to establish the details of what actually happened and will make a
further statement in due course.'

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

That's him: Adeyaemi points out the culprit while Latics manager Paul Dickov looks on (below)

Oldham manager Paul Dickov said he had not spoken to the player about the incident, but accepted something had upset him.

'From my point of view I have not spoken to Tom about it but I know the kid and something has been said,' he said.

The Scot continued: 'He is a placid boy, a kid who has been well-educated with a fantastic temperament and has been with us since the end of August and I've never seen him raise his voice.

'For him to react like that it is obvious something has been said but what has been said I don't know because I've not had a chance [to ask] – I was too busy praising my players.

'He is fine now. He has calmed down. He is a laid-back kid who just gets on with business.

'Our players went and calmed him down and the Liverpool players did as well, which was fantastic and is why they are top professionals.

'I have been told the police are investigating it but that is all I know.'

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules

Calm down: Gerrard intervenes while a sign at Anfield clearly states the rules