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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.

Did Kevin Pietersen betray his captain by advising South Africa how to dismiss Andrew Strauss?

Did Pietersen betray his captain by advising South Africa how to dismiss Strauss

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 18 August 2012

The Kevin Pietersen controversy took a sensational twist amid claims the England batsman 'betrayed his captain' by sending texts to his South African opponents with advice on how to dismiss Andrew Strauss.

Pietersen, who is fighting to save his international career, has maintained the messages were just 'banter'.

But the Sunday Times claims one text message from Pietersen is understood to have suggested during the second Test at Leeds that South Africa's bowlers go round the wicket at Strauss.

Text shame: Kevin Pietersen may never play for England again

Text shame: Kevin Pietersen may never play for England again

Dale Steyn dismissed Strauss by using the tactic in the first innings.

Morne Morkel, who received the
messages intended for Steyn, also dismissed Strauss in the same fashion
during the first Test at the Oval.

The ECB will also ask Pietersen about a vile four-letter attack on Strauss.

At least one text – sent by the
South African-born England batsman to opposing South African players –
referred to team mate Andrew Strauss as a 'doos'. In Afrikaans the
word literally means 'box', but it has a slang application of 'dumb
c***'.

The message,
thought to be one of a series, cost Pietersen his place in the crucial
final Test against South Africa at Lord's. And the disclosure of its
obscene content will deepen divisions within the England team and
further infuriate Strauss, who was also born in South Africa.

Although 32-year-old Pietersen issued a carefully worded apology after the scandal broke last week, he has been warned he will not even be considered for England duties again unless he divulges the full content of all the texts.

A source close to the England dressing room said: 'If he refuses to show the contents of the texts then he's finished and if he does show the texts then he's probably finished anyway.'

Unimpressed: Andrew Strauss during the Test on Saturday

Unimpressed: Andrew Strauss during the Test on Saturday

Pietersen is understood to have sent
the messages to South African stars AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn
during the second drawn Test in Leeds that culminated in a press
conference in which Pietersen highlighted divisions within the dressing
room.

He later
described the text as 'banter between close friends', but Strauss
admitted he felt 'let down' by his highest profile player.

In a further embarrassment, it has also become clear that Pietersen spent the Monday night of England's defeat in the first Test in a London wine bar close to his Chelsea home with members of the victorious South African team.

While his own team-mates licked their wounds, he was spotted in Brinkley's, a favourite haunt of Chelsea players – including his friend Frank Lampard – alongside Steyn and de Villiers and a handful of others.

Tensions between the batsman and the
England management have been especially acute after cricket chiefs
refused his demands that he be allowed to pick and choose his Test and
one-day appearances so he could accept a contract worth more than
1.5million to appear in the Indian Premier League.

Encounter: Dale Steyn (right) was one of the players Pietersen met in the wine bar

Encounter: Dale Steyn (right) was one of the players Pietersen met in the wine bar

Pietersen's fall from grace overshadowed the deciding third Test, which saw England facing a struggle despite his replacement Jonny Bairstow making 95.

If England lose or draw the match, they will lose their world No 1 ranking to South Africa.

The Mail on Sunday has learned the source of the original texts leak is a member of the official South Africa tour party, despite denials.

On Wednesday, the tourists' captain Graeme Smith said claims that the existence of the texts had been deliberately made public were a 'load of rubbish'.

On Saturday night the England camp said it had no further comment and Pietersen's spokeman could not be reached.

Luis Suarez should have seen red, says Wayne Rooney

Suarez should have seen red, blasts Rooney after Liverpool striker's booking against Spurs

Wayne Rooney claimed Luis Suarez should have been sent off to add more fuel to the fires that rage between Liverpool and Manchester United.

Liverpool striker Suarez was booked just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Anfield when he caught Scott Parker in the midriff with a kick as he competed for a ball.

And, ahead of United’s League clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Saturday, Rooney tweeted: ‘If ref sees that kick from suarez and books him for it it should be red.’

Send him off: Wayne Rooney says Luis Suarez should have seen red for this

Send him off: Wayne Rooney says Luis Suarez should have seen red for this

Not so mellow yellow: Suarez was booked within five minutes of making his return from suspension

Not so mellow yellow: Suarez was booked within five minutes of making his return from suspension

That forced Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish to launch another defence of Suarez, who was making his return after missing eight games for racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra and one match for making an obscene gesture towards Fulham fans.

Sky TV pundit and former United player Gary Neville also said that Suarez was lucky not to be sent off but Dalglish, who led the defence of his forward over the racism allegations, insisted: ‘He never saw him. I don’t have a view on what Wayne’s tweeted. Why don’t you tweet him back and give him your answer Unless Gary or Wayne want to ask the question, I will plead the fifth amendment.’

Hitting out: Wayne Rooney believes it should have been a red card

Hitting out: Wayne Rooney believes it should have been a red card

Spurs assistant boss Kevin Bond, speaking in the absence of Harry Redknapp, whose flight from London to Merseyside was cancelled, admitted that he did not think it was a sending-off.

‘I don’t think so,’ said Bond. ‘It was a hard but fair contest.’

On the decision to keep Suarez on the bench until the 66th minute, Dalglish added: ‘Luis hasn’t played since December. It would be a wee bit unfair to throw somebody straight in.

‘We don’t think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to have him back.’

The draw was Liverpool’s eighth in 12 Premier League games at Anfield this season, and leaves third-placed Spurs seven points off leaders Manchester City after they failed to score in a League game for the first time since their opening match of the season.

‘It was an excellent performance,’ said Dalglish. ‘I’m disappointed with just one point.’

Harry Redknapp waiting on UEFA verdict over gesture

Harry faces anxious wait as UEFA ponder punishing Tottenham boss in row with fans over trial jibes

Harry Redknapp is likely to find out this afternoon if he is to face disciplinary action from UEFA over the clenched-fist gesture he appeared to aim towards Shamrock Rovers fans who verbally abused him during the Europa League game in Dublin.

Redknapp had been barracked almost constantly throughout the match by a section of the home fans taunting him over his pending court appearance and the Tottenham boss seemed to react angrily midway through the second half.

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

Hard to take: Harry Redknapp was given a tough time by Shamrock Rovers fans

UEFA confirmed that they will wait to see if the incident is mentioned in two reports – carried out by the referee and UEFA delegate – before deciding whether Redknapp will face any charge of improper conduct.

“We have not received the delegate”s report and the referee”s report yet. We will have a look at those to see if it is mentioned in there. They have to be submitted within 48 hours of the game, but they should be here this afternoon,” a UEFA spokesman said.

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs

Easy: Jermain Defoe scored in Spurs” 4-0 win – but they still crashed out of Europe

If UEFA deem Redknapp was guilty of making an offensive gesture, he will be charged with improper conduct, and could face either a warning, a fine, or a touchline suspension.

The Spurs boss, who saw his team exit the competition despite a 4-0 win at Tallaght Stadium, played down the incident, saying in his post-match press conference: “Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”

Redknapp continued by saying he held no ill-feeling towards the fans who had verbally abused him for large parts of the Europa League Group A clash.

“I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are,” he added. “If you go and meet them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That”s life. I don”t hold any grudges.”

TV cameras failed to pick up on the apparent gesture.

Harry Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out of Europe

Harry snaps! Redknapp clashes with Irish fans after trial jibes as Spurs crash out

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Night to forget: Harry Redknapp saw his Spurs side crash out of the Europa League in Dublin

Harry Redknapp has clashed with Irish fans making inflammatory chants about his forthcoming trial.

The Tottenham manager is understood to have responded with a clenched-fist gesture after being goaded by Shamrock Rovers supporters in Dublin.

Tottenham went out of the Europa League despite winning their final group game 4-0.

But the clash was marred by several instances of chants taunting Redknapp over his pending court appearance.

Redknapp is believed to have snapped midway through the second half, making an angry gesture at the home fans.

When asked if had made an obscene gesture towards the Rovers fans, the Spurs boss tried his best to play down the row.

“Not really. Did I make an “obscene” gesture No, I didn”t make… No.”

He added: “I have spent enough time in Ireland to know what lovely people they are.

Four star: Spurs enjoyed a heavy win but still failed to progress in Europe

Four star: Spurs enjoyed a heavy win but still failed to progress in Europe

“If you go and meet them afterwards they are probably lovely people. But they get together and shout a load of nonsense and that is football. That”s life. I don”t hold any grudges.”

Nevertheless, the incident could leave the 64-year-old facing a misconduct charge if UEFA deem the gesture to have been offensive.

Young guns: Redknapp again fielded an inexperienced Spurs team

Young guns: Redknapp again fielded an inexperienced Spurs team

Redknapp was warned over his conduct by the FA earlier this week for criticising referee Chris Foy after Tottenham”s 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

Birmingham City also went out despite beating NK Maribor 1-0, finishing third in their group behind Bruges and Braga.

Old heads: Defoe, Pienaar and Kaboul were among the senior players on show

Old heads: Defoe, Pienaar and Kaboul were among the senior players on show

Luis Suarez to discover if FA are on his case once again

Suarez to discover if FA are on his case once again after Fulham finger

Luis Suarez will discover on Wednesday if he faces another FA rap after disciplinary chiefs investigated the crude, one-fingered salute he delivered at Fulham on Monday night.

The Liverpool striker has already been charged by the FA for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield on October 15.

Suarez has been waiting to find out whether the FA will reprimand him for his obscene gesture towards home supporters after the 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage.

Flipped: Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger on Monday night

Flipped: Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger on Monday night

Suarez was the target of constant verbal abuse from home fans responding to what they perceived as his constant diving with chants of ‘cheat’.

The Uruguay striker eventually cracked, making the gesture on his way back to the dressing room after the final whistle.

The incident could land Suarez with a misconduct charge after the FA confirmed they are reviewing the incident.

Hot water: Suarez is already the subject of an investigation into alleged racism

Hot water: Suarez is already the subject of an investigation into alleged racism

Should the FA decide to proceed with investigations, they are likely to ask Suarez to provide his side of the story.

If he is found guilty, he could face a hefty fine.

Suarez has been one of Liverpool’s key performers this season, scoring seven goals for the Merseyside club, but his disciplinary problems have cast a shadow on his first full season In England.

And Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admitted on Monday that he is now likely to speak to Suarez over his latest onfield spat.

Luis Suarez could be charged after giving Fulham fans the finger

FA weigh up second Suarez charge after race-row striker gives Fulham fans the finger

The FA are considering handing Luis Suarez a second charge after making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat on Monday.

The striker was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the clash at Craven Cottage as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.

And Suarez cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards Cottagers fans.

Wembley disciplinary chiefs are now debating whether to investigate the incident further. They are waiting to receive the match report from referee Kevin Friend before making any decision.

Out of order: Liverpool

Out of order: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez made a gesture to Fulham fans

Suarez has already been charged by the FA for making racist remarks towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season.

After the match, Suarez tweeted: “We lost a game that We deserved to win, I”m very upset with what happened tonight … Cheer up everyone!”

And Reds manager Kenny Dalglish admitted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his conduct after the latest controversy to hit the Uruguay international.

“I haven”t seen the picture and I”m not taking anybody”s word for it,” said Dalglish.

“If you show me the picture and I”m convinced that what you”re saying is true, then I”ve got a decision to make.”

In response to Fulham fans branding Suarez a “cheat”, Dalglish added: “That”s scandalous. We”ll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it”s about time he got a bit of protection from some people.

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham”s Moussa Dembele before being sent off

“His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”

Liverpool”s misery was compounded by Jay Spearing”s debatable sending off – the latest incident in a controversial weekend of refereeing decisions.

The Liverpool midfielder clearly made contact with the ball in his challenge with Moussa Dembele – but was given his marching orders by Kevin Friend after catching the Fulham forward with his follow through.

And Dalglish felt his midfielder was harshly sent off: “I think, you need to ask the referee what their interpretation is What the level of acceptance is “Jay never had another thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win it.

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool”s players protest

“As long as the officials are consistent, it”s not a problem. But I don”t think we were going to get anything tonight, were we

“The (offside) goal that Luis scored, Charlie [Adam] could have had a penalty. We played well enough to have won the game.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “Was it a red card I think it was a bad tackle. “If you see from another angle, you saw his ankle up there and I think it was a sending off.”

Luis Suarez gives Fulham fans the finger

Suarez flips! Race-row striker loses cool over taunts by Fulham fans

Luis Suarez – who is already facing a racism charge – could find himself in more hot water with the FA after making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat.

The Anfield striker was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the clash at Craven Cottage as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.

And Suarez cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards Cottagers fans. Wembley disciplinary chiefs will decide on Tuesday whether to investigate the incident further.

Out of order: Liverpool

Out of order: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez made a gesture to Fulham fans

Suarez has already been charged by the FA for making racist remarks towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season.

And Reds manager Kenny Dalglish admitted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his conduct after the latest controversy to hit the Uruguay international.

“I haven”t seen the picture and I”m not taking anybody”s word for it,” said Dalglish.

“If you show me the picture and I”m convinced that what you”re saying is true, then I”ve got a decision to make.”

In response to Fulham fans branding Suarez a “cheat”, Dalglish added: “That”s scandalous. We”ll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it”s about time he got a bit of protection from some people.

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham

Lunge: Jay Spearing fouls Fulham”s Moussa Dembele before being sent off

“His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”

Liverpool”s misery was compounded by Jay Spearing”s debatable sending off – the latest incident in a controversial weekend of refereeing decisions.

The Liverpool midfielder clearly made contact with the ball in his challenge with Moussa Dembele – but was given his marching orders by Kevin Friend after catching the Fulham forward with his follow through.

And Dalglish felt his midfielder was harshly sent off: “I think, you need to ask the referee what their interpretation is What the level of acceptance is “Jay never had another thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win it.

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool

Turning point: Spearing is sent off as Liverpool”s players protest

“As long as the officials are consistent, it”s not a problem. But I don”t think we were going to get anything tonight, were we

“The (offside) goal that Luis scored, Charlie [Adam] could have had a penalty. We played well enough to have won the game.”

Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “Was it a red card I think it was a bad tackle. “If you see from another angle, you saw his ankle up there and I think it was a sending off.”