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Investigation launched re chanting allegation

31 October 2019

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Supporters are reminded that racist comments or chants at the Proact Stadium will not be tolerated and could result in offenders being prosecuted.

Club officials have launched an investigation following a formal complaint received from a Chesterfield supporter who attended Saturday’s game against Notts County.

The fan, who was located in Block S3 of the Motan Colortronic (South) Stand, alleges that a group of supporters used a form of racial stereotyping in a chant directed at Mike Fondop.

The complaint was made to the club, The FA and Kick it Out and the club will be working closely with the police to assist in trying to identify the people concerned. The club will take strong action against anyone found guilty of making racist comments.

Chesterfield FC Community Trust actively promote equality, organising an annual Kick it Out fixture which saw flag bearers proudly displaying the Kick it Out flag. This demonstrated to the nation, live on BT Sports, that we stand with our BAME friends, promoting inclusion and respect in football.

Following the unsavoury scenes witnessed in Bulgaria recently, it is vitally important to promote the message that no matter who you are or where you come from, football in Chesterfield is accessible for all.

Recent outreach work promoting education around equality and black history saw the Trust visit the following five schools during October, in association with the African Caribbean Community Association (ACCA): Newbold Church School, Staveley Junior School, New Bolsover Primary School, Brimington Junior School and Stonelow Junior School. 

The visits promoted Black History Month, talking about inspirational BAME figures, both in the UK and worldwide, particularly in sports, together with the Windrush generation. Lud Ramsey, chairman of the ACCA, shared his personal story, including footage of his appearances on Gladiators and Ninja Warrior! 

Keith Jackson, head of sport and activities at the Community Trust, said: “Equality, inclusion and respect are part of our core values and our recent work during Black History Month is a small part of an ongoing education and PHSE project that we run in schools.

“We’re proud to be proactive in celebrating our heritage, culture and diversity in Chesterfield and want to be at the forefront of promoting this message of acceptance."

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