Fans condemned for racist abuse

Stewards hold back Chesterfield players from Port Vale fans
Stewards hold back Chesterfield players from Port Vale fans
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Players and fans have united in their condemnation of fans who hurled racist abuse at a Chesterfield player.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet had monkey chants and racist language hurled at him from at least one Port Vale supporter as he left the pitch following the Spireites’ 2-1 League One victory on Saturday .

Gnanduillet had to be held back by stewards and colleagues as manager Paul Cook tried to calm the clearly agitated French-born Ivorian down.

Cook said: “There were problems with racism after the game, it’s been documented by the stewards and everyone else.”

Teammate and ex-Owls defender Daniel Jones said: “As we were walking off there was a bit of racism towards our lads from the crowd, who’d started shouting at me.

“The lads are a team so we were all sticking together and it got out of hand, well out of hand, embarrassing to be honest.”

PFA Chairman Ritchie Humphreys, who missed the game but was in the heart of the melee, tweeted: “My teammates and I witnessed at the end of the game today racial abuse directed towards our players.”

He added: “Disgusting and inexcusable.”

Keeper Tommy Lee tweeted: “I hope the authorities deal accordingly with the absolute imbeciles who saw fit to hurl racial abuse as we left the pitch today. Disgusting.”

Scorer Gary Roberts said: “Shame about the monkey chants. Kick it out.”

Vale chairman Smurthwaite said: “Anyone found guilty of any racist behaviour will be dealt with appropriately by the police and the club. The club will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.”

Port Vale Supporters’ Club chairman Ally Simcock apologised to Gnanduillet after the game.

She said: “I waited outside to speak to him and apologised on behalf of Vale supporters. He said he appreciated that.

“At the time, I could see it was a serious issue by the way the players reacted.”