Millwall to investigate after Forest star reports racist abuse

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NOTTINGHAM Forest midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has alleged he was racially abused by Millwall fans at The Den on Tuesday night.

The Lions have launched an investigation after Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, reported that he had been targeted by "chanting" from sections of the home support.

Chalobah, whose 65th-minute header earned a point for the visitors in a 2-2 draw, claims the incident occurred whilst he was being treated for an injury in the first half.

The 18-year-old added in a statement released via Forest's official site that he was "upset by the alleged abuse and struggled to keep his concentration during the interval as a result."

However, Millwall have revealed that Chalobah initially decided not to make a complaint to officials – nor wished for the police to be called in.

A club statement read: "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 generic lexapro bad were deployed for the second half.

"A 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."

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23 thoughts on “Millwall to investigate after Forest star reports racist abuse

  • December 4, 2013 at 21:35
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    eggshells anyone?

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  • December 4, 2013 at 21:51
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    So ignominiously heinous that it was not considered worth reporting, yet it affects your half time concentration!!
    Get a grip.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 21:58
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    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:03
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    Wouldn't surprise me if we're chanting Shittuuuuu Shittuuuuu! and he thinks we're making monkey noises just like sky sports news!

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    • December 8, 2013 at 10:18
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      @MFCTOMMY:

      YES, WE WERE CHANTING SHITTU, SHITTU, SHITTU.............
      AND HAVE BEEN FOR WEEKS , FROM THE BARRYK UPPER,
      MUST GET HIM BACK IN DEFENCE...............

      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:22
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    Don't tell me, the Forest fans were singing "Come on you Reds" and he misheard it as "Ein volk, ein reich, ein fuhrer".

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:25
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    More b*****, he was probably getting booed like most opposing players at the den get when time wasting and feigning injury.There are stewards all along the touchline why didnt they here it. years ago a reporter for the voice newspaper came to the den looking to write something negative about us and claimed wall fans chanted zeig heil during the game,he then had to apologise and admitted it was the away fans(brighton) singing seagulls. f*** em all.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:39
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    totally simple : send the police to interview him and ask him exactly what was said - see if he can remember

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:46
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    We're just easy targets to be honest

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  • December 4, 2013 at 22:52
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    At the moment easy target for everything.

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    • December 4, 2013 at 23:06
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      @potty1: We are an easy target and the media will lap this up as usual. It just re-enforces the stereotype of your average knuckle-dragging Millwall fan.

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  • December 4, 2013 at 23:00
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    That didn't happen .That was the booooo's you was getting. getting bored of it now .. Just because know one knows you your trying to get in the papers. But as it's Millwall the sun paper will believe you

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  • December 5, 2013 at 02:56
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    Pathetic. Go have a cuddle with Sordell and talk about the way the naughty people at Millwall shouted at you. Perhaps if you come again mummy will come and hold your hand and kiss it better.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 07:39
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    It may have happened and it should surprise none of us if it did, but the club statement, IMO, is excellent. Millwall have the procedures in place to deal with an official complaint at the time of the incident but cannot be expected to do anything other than try to assist the police retrospectively if they decide to pursue the retrospective complaint. Job done, move on.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 07:58
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    Chalobah, p!ss off you boring t*****! How about that?

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  • December 5, 2013 at 07:59
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    I staunchly reject for any form of racist chanting in football and had I heard it I would have said something to the perpetrators myself, but the ground was half full and I didn't hear anything that even remotely sounded like racist chanting. I am not saying that an individual or small group may have behaved badly but chanting.....pure fantasy and frankly I doubt this has any credibility at all.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 08:17
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    I think Millwall's statement sums it up nicely. We offered to help, it wasn't serious or didn't happen, he had no proof, he didn't want to take it further, but maybe his agent has got him to make a statement....wouldn't suprise me.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 08:21
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    MORE LIES! SUE HIM FOR SLANDER!

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  • December 5, 2013 at 08:54
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    Boring. Change the record.

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  • December 5, 2013 at 08:58
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    Utter nonsense.... I was in the section of the ground that a few more stewards were sent out too in the second half. No chanting of any kind was heard, let alone of a racist nature, the ground was pretty quite all game if I'm honest, especially in the first half when this was supposed to have occurred?? Most of the forest players got the same amount of football banter that all oppossing teams get. The only time I remember noticing the crowd on the lads back was when he was slowly walking off the pitch after being substituted deep into the second half.... Again nothing in anyway racist, saw a few w***** gestures, and some, f****** get off shouts... But that was it.

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    • December 5, 2013 at 10:33
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      @les the lion: That pretty much agrees with what I saw and heard, I was in the Dockers upper but even so the ground was so quiet I would have heard a bloody chant!

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  • December 5, 2013 at 09:10
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    Hear we go again. Why is it that when ever a so-called 'big team' come to the Den and don't get what they want (in this case 3 points) and there 'Star Player' isn't up to scratch, we get some b***** about our fans not behaving properly.
    Chalobah, your an average player in an average side. Man up !

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  • December 5, 2013 at 13:01
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    Let's be honest , the ground was half empty on Tuesday. Anyone shouting anything , let alone rascist abuse would've stuck out like a sore thumb ! I had a seat for each butt cheek with more to spare if I wanted !!

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