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Danny Welbeck race case: Chelsea fan re-bailed pending further police investigation

Police re-bail Chelsea fan for allegedly making 'monkey' gesture towards Welbeck

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 29 November 2012

The Chelsea fan who was arrested for allegedly making a monkey gesture during a match against Manchester United has been re-bailed pending further investigation by police.

Gavin Kirkham was arrested on November 5 by the Metropolitan Police and held on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4a Public Order Act offence. He was later bailed.

The 28-year-old was due back at a West London police station today but has been re-bailed again by police while they investigate the incident further.

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

He was caught on camera making what looked like a monkey gesture towards Danny Welbeck.

Kirkham denies being racist and said in an interview that he is 'just one of the boys’.

He is due back at a West London police station in mid-December.

Chelsea have banned the fan, who is not a season ticket holder, from Stamford Bridge until the outcome of the police investigation.

Roman Abramovich said he does not want Kirkham back at the ground if he is found guilty of the offence and the club said they would take ‘the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution’.

Race row ref Mark Clattenburg misses fourth straight week

Clattenburg misses fourth week in a row as ref waits for verdict from FA over Mikel racist abuse allegations

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17:08 GMT, 19 November 2012

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been left off the Premier League list for the fourth week in a row.

Clattenburg has not taken charge of a match since Chelsea accused him of racially abusing midfielder John Obi Mikel during Manchester United's 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge last month.

Row: Mark Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel (centre)

Row: Mark Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel (centre)

The official is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation into the allegations after the governing body interviewed several Chelsea players including Mikel, plus Clattenburg, the two assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long and fourth official Michael Jones.

Clattenburg strenuously denies the allegations and Sportsmail understands the FA are unlikely to charge the Durham official.

An independent QC is studying all the evidence in close detail before recommending a decision. A police investigation into the incident was dropped.

Chelsea alleged that Clattenburg called Mikel a 'monkey' although the player did not hear any slur himself. He was told later by team-mate Ramires.

Ref justice: Clattenburg is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation

Ref justice: Clattenburg is set to discover the outcome of the FA investigation

If the FA decide that Clattenburg has no case to answer it will be another blow to Chelsea's reputation.

Captain John Terry was banned and fined after being found guilty by the FA of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last season.

And just days after the Clattenburg row, a fan was pictured aiming a monkey chant at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.

Gavin Kirkham is on bail and has been banned from Stamford Bridge while the police investigate.

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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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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Evil lurking in the Chelsea family: A mindless minority of fans shame proud club

Chelsea have come a long way since they first had a black player, Paul Canoville, 30 years ago…

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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.

Mark Clattenburg racism latest: Roberto Di Matteo hits back at Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger

Di Matteo hits back at Ferguson and Wenger for commenting on Clattenburg race case

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14:34 GMT, 2 November 2012

Named, shamed: Chelsea yob who allegedly made 'monkey' gesture at United ace Welbeck

Chelsea supporter Gavin Kirkham

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

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Roberto Di Matteo has said criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger over the Mark Clattenburg case will be taken on board to by his Chelsea players but only used as a 'motivational tool'.

The Blues boss refused to be drawn on the issue in any depth, citing the matter was in the hands of the police and FA.

But responding to the Manchester United manager's comments questioning the credibility of the claims he said: 'He likes to talk about other clubs. We tend not to. I'll leave it up to him.

'It's a free country where everybody has the freedom of speech. We'll take into consideration what other people say and use it as a motivational tool for ourselves.'

Not impressed: Roberto Di Matteo plans to use comments as a motivational tool

Not impressed: Roberto Di Matteo plans to use comments as a motivational tool

Di Matteo added of Ferguson's scepticism: 'The investigation will qualify this. We don't want to prejudice any trial.'

Asked if he feared referees might treat the club differently after making the accusations against Clattenburg, the Italian said: 'I really hope not. I believe that they won't. We have faith in the referees. They are people that are under a lot of pressure.

'They are human beings like everyone else. You have to try your best and sometimes mistakes can happen.'

Di Matteo maintained his stance of silence when asked about the Chelsea fan caught making a 'monkey' gesture during Wednesday's Capital One Cup tie but did suggest the manner in which racist incidents have been highlighted proved there was still work to be done.

Larking around: Darren Fletcher (left) and Robin van Persie appear in relaxed mood ahead of tomorrow's cruch clash at Old Trafford

Larking around: Darren Fletcher (left) and Robin van Persie appear in relaxed mood ahead of tomorrow's cruch clash at Old Trafford

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground

Patrice Evra of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground

Best bib and tucker: Rio Ferdinand chucks a training vest away (left) as some United prankster throws a bit of turf and left-back Patrice Evra (right) ahead of tomorrow's match against Arsenal

'I always said that we are against
any form of discrimination,' he said. 'We will support anyone who is
fighting that. That's our position and my personal belief as well.

'The fact that these incidents are
happening give a lot of media exposure and makes people aware that we
have to fight maybe a little more strongly than perhaps we thought.
Everyone has to be involved in this process to eradicate it from the
sport and life in general.'

Earlier on Friday, Ferguson hit out at Chelsea for accusing Clattenburg of allegedly abusing Mikel.

The Metropolitan Police and the FA are
investigating an allegation that Clattenburg used 'inappropriate
language' towards Mikel during the game in which he sent off two Blues
players as they went down 3-2 to Ferguson's side.

Support: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, taking training at Carrington, has pledged his support to referee Mark Clattenburg

Support: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, taking training at Carrington, has pledged his support to referee Mark Clattenburg

'I don’t believe Mark Clattenburg would make any comment like that,' said Ferguson.

'I think it’s unthinkable. It’s unthinkable in the modern climate. I just don’t believe it.

'There’s no way a referee would stoop that low. I’m convinced of that.

'If
you look at the modern game compared to 25 years ago it’s completely
changed. I know the banter between players and referees 25 years ago is
completely different.

'I have never heard a player come to me in the last 15 years and say a referee has sworn at them during a game, ever.

'This is where I stand on this issue with Mark Clattenburg. I just don’t believe it.'

Ferguson joins Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in standing by Clattenburg.

On Thursday, Wenger said: 'I didn’t follow the whole (Chelsea) story completely (but) my opinion is just when I didn’t behave well I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game or another day, rather than going public with little proof. I’m not in favour of making these things public.'

Chelsea racism: Mindless minority of fans shame proud club. Jonathan McEvoy

Evil lurking in the Chelsea family: A mindless minority of fans shame proud club

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22:48 GMT, 1 November 2012

Our first image has pilgrims coming in all creeds and colours, many foreign accents among them. They filed past Peter Osgood — ‘Stamford Bridge’s one king . . . a big man for a golden age,’ as the inscription remembers him — and back out clutching blue plastic bags of goodies.

Boys stopped to have their pictures taken in the gaps purposefully left blank so they could superimpose themselves on to the billboard-sized photographs of their Champions League-winning heroes. Perhaps 100 people chatted excitedly at the museum and stadium tour entrance — 54 for a family ticket.

Innocent fun — as well as the ker-ching of cash registers — was to the fore at Chelsea’s home on Fulham Road.

Our second image is of a hollering man, named as Gavin Kirkham, apparently making monkey gestures at Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck on Wednesday evening during Chelsea’s 5-4 win in the Capital One Cup.

Unacceptable: Chelsea 'supporter' Gavin Kirkham appears to make a 'monkey' gesture toward Manchester United's England striker Danny Welbeck

Unacceptable: Chelsea 'supporter' Gavin Kirkham appears to make a 'monkey' gesture toward Manchester United's England striker Danny Welbeck

It added another layer to Chelsea’s awkward relationship with the issue of race after the club and fans so readily remained loyal to captain John Terry when he infamously shouted the words ‘black ****’ towards Anton Ferdinand last season.

It also inevitably raised the question of whether Chelsea have acted hypocritically this week in so swiftly alleging that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’.

Chelsea have come a long way since they first had a black player, Paul Canoville, 30 years ago. Warming up for his debut as a substitute at Crystal Palace, he was met by the chant from his own fans of: ‘Sit down you black ****. You f****** w**, f*** off.’

When he scored he was met with: ‘Nah, it’s still 0-0. The n*****’s scored, it doesn’t count.’ Bananas were thrown at him.

His Chelsea career ended when he was hit by a drunken team-mate who called him by a racist epithet.

Trailblazer: Paul Canoville beats Arsenal's Brian Talbot in 1984

Trailblazer: Paul Canoville (front right) beats Arsenal's Brian Talbot in 1984

That was in the Eighties, at a time when right-wing extremism attached itself to football and often expressed itself as hooliganism.

Ken Bates, who sold Chelsea to Roman Abramovich, said this week: ‘The National Front sold their magazines in the Fulham Road and used to wait in the pub opposite to learn the team selection. If they (the Chelsea players) were all white, the National Fronters used to walk across and buy their tickets.

‘It is a lot different today, though it has been a long, tortuous journey. Slowly, things started to change. Thirty years on, it is a different world. Today the furore is over verbal abuse — not to be condoned or tolerated in the least — but meanwhile let us appreciate the progress that has been made.’

A Chelsea fan of nearly 40 years agreed with Bates’s interpretation of progress. Certainly, he thought Stamford Bridge had ‘become less overtly racist’. He said the black players who followed Canoville — Keith Jones, Keith Dublin in the early days — helped change attitudes.

Yet he still felt that an elderly fan who claimed not to rate former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink might have been conditioned by old, if unspoken, racial prejudice.

Winning smiles: Chelsea show off the Champions League trophy

Winning smiles: Chelsea show off the Champions League trophy

There appears to be no uniform or even logical standpoint among Chelsea fans. Ruud Gullit, as long ago as 1996, was the first black manager in the Premier League; Didier Drogba was one of the icons of the Abramovich era; the current assistant manager, Eddie Newton, and technical director, Michael Emenalo, are both black. Yet the yob thought to be doing the monkey routine allegedly taunts an opposition player on the basis of his skin colour.

The club are owned by a Jew and their chairman, Bruce Buck, is a Jew. Yet, as recently as a week ago last Saturday, Chelsea fans made their customary hissing noises at the Tottenham fans, imitating the gas chambers of the Holocaust.

The contradictions and hypocrisy go on — and not only at Chelsea, of course, but home and abroad, as we saw in the England Under 21 game in Serbia, where the home fans made monkey noises.

Football — not only Stamford Bridge — is regularly a window into society’s unsavoury recesses.

Deep tribal enmities lend our national game a febrile edge — and, let’s face it, venom — that you do not encounter at other sporting events, from the champagne-quaffers tottering out of Royal Ascot to the beer-and-burger crowd at a rugby league match.

Inside some football grounds you can be met with a moral dilemma: what behaviour to tolerate from those around you. Do you abandon your principles or speak up and risk a smack in the face

Bridge of sighs: The monkey chant from the Chelsea 'fan' was in the same part of the ground where the steward was injured during the Premier League game against Manchester United

Bridge of sighs: The monkey chant from the Chelsea 'fan' was in the same part of the ground where the steward was injured during the Premier League game against Manchester United

But back to Chelsea. What they are culpable for is the high-handed manner that has often characterised the Abramovich era of arrogance. We remember the phrase ‘the enemies of football’, deployed by the UEFA referees’ committee chairman Volker Roth at then manager Jose Mourinho over the claim he made that Swedish referee Anders Frisk colluded with Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard at half-time in Chelsea’s defeat at the Nou Camp seven years ago.

To be called an enemy of football by a faceless official in Europe is bad enough; to be known as such by the neutral majority in your homeland is worse, and it is undoubtedly the label that would fit Chelsea if their accusations that Clattenburg racially abused Mikel turn out to be unsustainable.

How could it be otherwise when they rashly briefed the press just a couple of hours after the alleged incident in their Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday

Should they not merely have made their initial concerns known to the match delegate, as the protocol dictates, and kept quiet while they considered whether to pursue the matter

They could then have filed a rational, formal complaint or discreetly dropped the whole thing.

Instead, after looking into the matter, they had to withdraw the accusation that Clattenburg had called Juan Mata a ‘Spanish t***’. They did, however, stand by their claim that Mikel was told: ‘Shut up, monkey.’

That was based on what Ramires, a Brazilian, believes he overheard Clattenburg say. Ramires’s recollection of events was translated for the rest of the team by David Luiz, a fellow Brazilian who did not hear Clattenburg say the offending word. Mikel, who speaks good English, did not hear the insult either.

So did Clattenburg, who has a Geordie accent, say monkey or Mikel

Certainly, it beggars belief that the other officials, assistant referees Simon Long and Michael McDonough and fourth official Mike Jones, would cover for Clattenburg if they heard on their earpieces that a racist slur had been uttered. Why would they lie with 20 Sky cameras waiting to ambush them Would they endanger what is now a full-time job by misplaced loyalty

But Chelsea press on. This is the same Chelsea who blindly accepted Terry’s word, asked that his legal case be rearranged around their fixture list, doctored some of the ‘improbable, implausible and contrived’ evidence they gave to the FA and neglected the moral impulse to strip their tarnished talisman of the captaincy.

No wonder, with that example, one idiot acts like an ape.

India 3 Great Britain 1: Sultan Azlan Shan Cup

Britain's hockey team miss out on medal after defeat to India

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16:42 GMT, 3 June 2012

Great Britain missed out on a medal at the Sultan Azlan Shan Cup in Malaysia on Sunday as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat against India in the bronze-medal match in Ipoh.

Ashley Jackson opened the scoring as GB led at the interval but India hit back after the break with goals from Shivandra Singh, Sandeep Singh and Tushar Khandker.

Play-off delight: Singh Sandeep celebrates India's second goal

Play-off delight: Singh Sandeep celebrates India's second goal

Jackson was also on target yesterday as GB posted a 2-1 win against Pakistan to retain hope of securing a medal, and head coach Jason Lee was able to take heart from his side's performances over the past few days.

'There are plenty of positives to take out of this week,' Lee said.

Crunch: India's Singh Sandar collides with Britain's Glenn Kirkham

Crunch: India's Singh Sandar collides with Britain's Glenn Kirkham

'We need to be sharper and more creative around the opposition circle and that cost us today, but overall I'm happy with what we have learned during the competition.'

Team manager Andy Halliday added: 'It's always disappointing to finish just outside the medal places.

On the run: Britain's Nick Catlin controls the ball

On the run: Britain's Nick Catlin controls the ball

'We now need to work very hard as a group ahead of the Olympic Games.'

Tommy Hill wins first Superbike race of the season at Oulton Park

Reigning champion Hill wins first Superbike race of the season

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Sportsmail Reporter

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19:42 GMT, 6 May 2012

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UPDATED:

19:42 GMT, 6 May 2012

British Superbike champion Tommy Hill claimed victory in the first race of the meeting at Oulton Park on Sunday.

The Swan Yamaha rider, who started from the fifth row of the grid, powered past team-mate Noriyuki Haga after the race had to be restarted following a red flag.

The race was halted temporarily when Jon Kirkham suffered concussion after crashing heavily.

Champion: Tommy Hill won the first race of the season

Champion: Tommy Hill won the first race of the season

Haga came home second, 1.525 seconds behind Hill, with Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) third.

The win gave Hill a two-point lead at the top of the standings and he hailed the win as the best of his career.

He said: 'People talk about the last race of last season when I won the title as being the best but for me this one has to be one of the best.

'I went into it with an open mind as I knew that it would be tough because of my starting position but my bike was working well and I went for it. Okay, the race was stopped, but on the re-start Nori pushed on hard but I wanted this one, I really did.'

Hill will look to increase his lead in the first of Monday's two races, having qualified on pole ahead of Shane Byrne, Brookes and Haga.