White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v N Forest

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

The Den

Last Game

Millwall 0 - 0 N Forest

Saturday, 20 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Chalobah in racist abuse claim

Nottingham Forest midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah claims he was subjected to racist abuse by a section of Millwall supporters during Tuesday night's Sky Bet Championship meeting.

Last Updated: 05/12/13 at 14:13

Nathaniel Chalobah: Nottingham Forest player has accused Millwall fans of racial

Nathaniel Chalobah: Nottingham Forest player has accused Millwall fans of racial

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

The 18-year-old originally told Forest assistant manager David Kelly that he had allegedly been abused while receiving treatment for an injury in the opening minutes of the 2-2 draw at the New Den.

In a statement published on Forest's official website on Wednesday night, the on-loan Chelsea player was said to be "upset by the alleged abuse and struggled to keep his concentration during the interval as a result".

The statement continued: "Nottingham Forest treat any incident of this nature extremely seriously and will be liaising closely with the relevant authorities in their investigation of this issue.

"Both clubs are in communication regarding the alleged incident and hope to uncover the truth as quickly as possible for all concerned parties."

Millwall, who revealed a tunnel steward had been informed of the alleged incident by a member of Forest's coaching staff, believed to be Kelly, claimed Chalobah had not wished to make an official complaint at the time "in the absence of any corroborative evidence".

A statement published on the club's official website read: "Millwall Football Club were informed late on Wednesday afternoon by Nottingham Forest Football Club that their on-loan midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah alleges he was subjected to racial abuse during the Sky Bet Championship clash between the two clubs at The Den on Tuesday night.

"It had been reported by a member of the Forest coaching staff to a Millwall tunnel steward at half-time during the match that the player felt he had been racially abused.

"Millwall's stadium manager duly instructed the trackside stewards' supervisor to speak to all stewards in the area where the alleged abuse was heard.

"In addition, five additional trackside stewards were deployed to the area for the second half.

"The Forest coach informed the tunnel steward that the player did not wish to make an official complaint, and in the absence of any corroborative evidence, police were not called and there was nothing reported post-match by the officials, police or Nottingham Forest staff.

"All details of the incident and initial investigation, including names of those involved, were logged in accordance with the protocol for such eventualities.

"In the light of the player's subsequent decision to raise the issue once more, Millwall Football Club will assist and support any police investigation that may ensue, and if evidence of racism comes to light, do everything possible to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and receive due penalty.

"However, we are disappointed that the chances of substantiating the allegations have been significantly reduced due to the fact they were not deemed serious enough for an official complaint, which would have led to immediate police involvement, to be made at the time."

A Football Association spokesman confirmed it would be investigating the matter fully by speaking to both clubs, anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out and the police.

And a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police later confirmed the force had been made aware of the claim and would work with both clubs to investigate the matter fully.

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

FIFA tightens concussion rules after World Cup incidents

Players suffering suspected concussion will have to be cleared by team doctors, under new FIFA proposals.

Transfer news: Juventus never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer

Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed the club never considered signing Mario Balotelli in the summer.

Premier League: Phil Neville wants Manchester United to spend another £100m

Phil Neville says Man United need to spend another £100m on their squad before they can be considered title contenders.

Mail Box

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property