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
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
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.
— 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.
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
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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 allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand
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
‘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
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
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
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.