Police investigating allegation of racist abuse at Vale Park
Staffordshire Police has launched an investigation after Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet was allegedly racially abused by a small number of Port Vale supporters at Vale Park yesterday (30 August).
Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has insisted anyone caught levelling such abuse will be banned from Vale Park for life, and the club has launched an inquiry to identify the perpetrator after Gnanduillet said he was racially abused by supporters in the Lorne Street stand as the teams left the pitch.
The striker appeared shaken as he was led away from Vale fans by stewards and a member of the Chesterfield staff. That followed an ugly confrontation moments earlier as ex-Vale player Daniel Jones and home supporters were kept apart by stewards.
Kick It Out has released a statement: “Kick It Out has been made aware of alleged racist abuse directed towards Chesterfield player Armand Gnanduillet by Port Vale supporters at Vale Park on Saturday (30 August).
“The organisation has brought the incident to the attention of The Football Association which has confirmed it is currently undertaking an investigation. Kick It Out continues to liaise closely with Port Vale, and expects the club to take effective, swift and decisive action to reach a satisfactory outcome.
“Kick It Out has also been in contact with Chesterfield to offer Armand and any of his team-mates direct support, guidance and assistance.”
Smurthwaite said: “Anyone found guilty of racist behaviour will be dealt with appropriately by the police and the club. The club will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.
“The top and bottom of it is if that any fan makes racist chants towards anyone then they have no place at Port Vale. I won’t tolerate behaviour like that and I don’t want bigoted or racist behaviour at this club.”
Vale supporters’ club chairman Ally Simcock spoke to Gnanduillet after the game on Saturday. 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. I think every club has a problem caused by odd individuals, but one incident is one too many. It would be wrong of me to say it is not a problem.”
From Stoke Sentinel