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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
Jonathan McEvoy comment
JON McEVOY

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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.

Chelsea racism row: Fan named as Gavin Kirkham

Police probe latest race storm at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fan who made 'monkey' gesture at United ace Welbeck is named

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UPDATED:

23:25 GMT, 1 November 2012

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

As of late Thursday night 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 was pictured making his obscene gesture at Welbeck from the Matthew Harding Stand, triggering yet another police investigation at the club.

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
Jonathan McEvoy comment
JON McEVOY

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…

To read the full article, click here…

The ‘fan’ was sitting in the same area where a steward was injured during the league game with Manchester United last Sunday.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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’.

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

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.

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.

Alessandro Del Piero: I declined Liverpool because of Heysel tragedy

Memories of Heysel made me turn down Liverpool offer, reveals Del Piero

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UPDATED:

10:26 GMT, 11 October 2012

Painful memories of the Heysel tragedy and Liverpool fans' involvement in it stopped Alessandro Del Piero from joining the club this summer.

It is 27 years since 39 Juventus fans were killed after a wall collapsed following rioting at the stadium in Belgium ahead of the European Cup final.

But both clubs have gone to great lengths to heal the wounds following that fateful day.

Aussie rules: Del Piero chose Sydney over a move to Merseyside

Aussie rules: Del Piero chose Sydney over a move to Merseyside

On the 25th anniversary of the disaster, Liverpool unveiled a plaque at the entrance to the Centenary Stand in front of officials from both clubs.

But Del Piero has revealed he could not move to Anfield, despite interest this summer, after recalling those events in Brussels.

'Why I said no to Liverpool Negotiations with Sydney were already advanced and then I thought about what had happened at Heysel,' Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.

'Juve and Liverpool were able to rebuild the relationship, but for many people that tragedy is an indelible memory. I thank all the clubs which wanted me, but I’m convinced of my choice.'

The Italy legend completed his switch Down Under soon after Liverpool made their move, and he has revealed he is finding it hard to adjust after 19 years with the Turing giants.

He said: 'One month is not much to make judgments, but the beginning is comforting from every point of view.

'The farewell to Juve still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. One year and a half ago I would not have imagined that this would happen, then things change.

‘I still have the great satisfaction of having given everything I could for Juventus.'

Building bridges: Phil Neal (left), Michel Platini (centre) and Ian Rush before the Champions League clash in 2005

Building bridges: Phil Neal (left), Michel Platini (centre) and Ian Rush before the Champions League clash in 2005

Kevin Pietersen left out of England squad v India

I've said sorry! What more can I do, asks KP as he is left out of Test squad

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 18 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen appeared to shift the blame for the impasse that has brought his international career to a halt on to the ECB on Tuesday.

A statement from his management company following his widely predicted omission from the 16-man Test squad for India — and headed ‘Kevin Pietersen, MBE’ — said: ‘Kevin Pietersen is naturally disappointed about today’s decision, having gone to great lengths to reach a reconciliation with the ECB.

‘Pietersen has met with — and apologised to — Andrew Strauss. He has also met with Alastair Cook to stress his commitment to England and met with ECB board members, including face-to-face meetings with Hugh Morris, David Collier and Andy Flower.’

No go: Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England squad for India

No go: Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England squad for India

Pietersen, who is currently in Sri Lanka providing studio-based punditry on the World Twenty20 for Asian television, also said sorry to the ECB for sending ‘provocative’ texts to South Africa’s players during the summer.

And he reiterated his insistence — as reported by Sportsmail — that he ‘did not offer any tactical advice to the South Africans’. Most crucially, perhaps, the statement added: ‘Pietersen remains available for England.’

But if the intention was to show the public that England’s ostracised middle-order star is beginning to feel like the aggrieved party in the stand-off with his employers, then the ECB had already made their position clear.

England managing director Morris confirmed there were ‘issues that still need to be resolved’, while national selector Geoff Miller said he was ‘not prepared to pick the best players if it is creating a problem in the changing room’.

New role: Pietersen will commentate throughout the World Twenty20 tournament

New role: Pietersen will commentate throughout the World Twenty20 tournament

Even so, suggestions Pietersen may have played his last game for England are premature. Talks about his future will continue with the ECB, and Pietersen could be offered a central contract before the end of the year. England, though, may insist he commit to all forms of international cricket for the next two years at least. However, he may have to wait until they travel to New Zealand in February for his next taste of international cricket.

England’s top brass are keen to give the new Test captain Alastair Cook the chance to bed in without distractions, and there is a desire to allow team director Andy Flower some breathing space from an issue that has dominated the summer.

There is also irritation that Pietersen does appear to understand that the problem goes deeper than a few text messages.

Miller said: ‘If all the issues are resolved then Pietersen would very much come back into the reckoning. I don’t want any kind of distraction in a changing room. It is hard enough playing international cricket without any distractions so if there is one I need to know why.

Warming up: England are preparing for their title defence

Warming up: England are preparing for their title defence

ENGLAND SQUAD

Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell (both Warwickshire), Nick Compton (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wicketkeeper), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Graham Onions (Durham), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Monty Panesar (Sussex)

‘I told him the exact reason he has not been selected and we then had a five-to-10-minute chat, which remains private.’

Sitting in a Colombo TV studio between Wasim Akram and Sourav Ganguly, former captains of Pakistan and India respectively, Pietersen said: ‘I’d love to be playing, but it’s not to be, so the next best thing is to be sitting here talking about it.’

Asked to name his 10 players to watch at the World Twenty20, he included former England team-mates Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann. Pietersen said of Swann: ‘He is absolutely brilliant, very clever. I think he’ll have a very good World Cup in Sri Lanka.’

Meanwhile, disgraced Pakistan pair Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer will provide commentary on Pakistani television on the World Twenty20. The former Pakistan captain and fast bowler, who were released from jail earlier this year following their part in the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal of 2010, remain banned from playing any form of cricket, but a Pakistan Cricket Board source insisted their commentary stints did not violate the ban.

Arsenal"s Carl Jenkinson reveals Gunners-themed bedroom

Living the dream! Arsenal star Jenkinson reveals Gunners-themed bedroom he grew up in

Everybody knows somebody who takes being a fan to the next level. They scare us a little bit, going to extreme lengths to emulate or, even better, meet their heroes.

For Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, he's coming to terms with fitting into both categories; hero and super fan.

Living the dream: Carl Jenkinson shows off his old bedroom at his parents' home in Essex

Living the dream: Carl Jenkinson shows off his old bedroom at his parents' home in Essex

The 20-year-old right-back moved to Emirates Stadium from Charlton in the summer and made an impressive start to life in the top flight before his campaign was interrupted by a serious back injury.

But that early pride plastered all over his face as he made his Premier League and Champions League debuts had their root in something more than knowing that he'd 'made it'.

Are you sitting comfortably: No wonder Jenkinson is so proud to be Gunner

Are you sitting comfortably: No wonder Jenkinson is so proud to be Gunner

As these frankly hilarious pictures show, Jenkinson has lived and breathed Arsenal his whole life.

As a youngster growing up in Essex, there was precious little in his bedroom that didn't have an Arsenal theme. Wallpaper, posters, pictures, bedsheets, curtains, even collages of famous moments in the club's illustrious history. He's even got Kanu's No 25 shirt, the one he now wears.

One of the boys: Jenkinson has made a bright start to life in north London

One of the boys: Jenkinson has made a bright start to life in north London

Footballers are often accused of being detached from the fans who flock to all four corners of the globe to see them action.

It is said that players have forgotten what it was like to be a supporter, what it was that made them fall in love with the game in the first place.

Jenkinson is not one of those footballers.