Charlton duo will not pursue Millwall racism allegations

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CHARLTON duo Danny Haynes and Emmanuel Frimpong will not complain to police after alleging on Twitter they were subjected to racist abuse at Millwall.

The Addicks players claimed after Saturday's goalless draw at The Den they had been abused whilst warming up on the touchline.

Haynes wrote: "The Millwall fans 2day was disgusting. The racial abuse I received was embarrassing. Not impressed at all!"



Frimpong, on loan from Arsenal, tweeted: "If I didn't no what a racist man ever look like… surely found that out at millwall today #ruthless fans" – but he quickly deleted it.

And the Lions released a statement on their official website on Tuesday saying they "consider this matter closed", given the "the absence of any corroborative evidence of racism."

The statement added: "The players concerned have made it clear that they do not wish to make a formal complaint to police."



Millwall also expressed their frustration that neither player complained to club officials during the match – instead opting to report their allegations via social media.

"It is clearly necessary to re-state that there are codes of practice agreed by the FA, the Football League, the PFA and all clubs in respect to the proper procedures to be followed by any player who feels he is being subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse," the statement read.

"These involve bringing the matter to the attention of the home club immediately, if necessary via a member of his own club staff or the fourth official, in order that action can be taken instantly.

"It is in everyone’s interest to weed out individuals who may still wish to vent racist views within football grounds, but all concerned need to take their share of responsibility to ensure that this happens."

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13 thoughts on “Charlton duo will not pursue Millwall racism allegations

  • December 4, 2012 at 15:33
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    Sounds like same old s*** to me like the sordell b*******. Frimpong even said he had great banter with fans behind the dugout on his twitter account so which is it?!

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  • December 4, 2012 at 16:12
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    THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING VERY ECONOMICAL WITH THE TRUTH. When I did it as a kid my mum said this kind of thing was DISHONEST and people may have thought I was a LIAR. Dishonesty is something rife in football nowadays, cheating refferees, etc. These two young men need to grow up, man up and grow a pair HAYNES is a Peckham lad and should know better.

    They are both PATHETIC and are perfectly placed and the correct football club.... and that goes for MR PingPong as well premier league you're having a laugh.

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    • December 4, 2012 at 17:14
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      To me it's a question of what qualifies as a racist comment. I am sure there has never been a substitute warming up at any football ground who has not been subject to a few choice comments. Sometimes this can vary from the highly witty and humorous to the occasional comment which oversteps the mark. If any player is racially abused to any extent that merits comment, they should report it immediately and through the proper channels so it can be dealt with properly. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise in advance to any ginger, bald, fat, or those with convictions for sexual offences, who might be name as substitute at the Den

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  • December 4, 2012 at 19:03
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    Its a f**ing disgrace jus cos wall doin well mugs think they need to jump on band wagon milllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • December 4, 2012 at 20:30
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    With the allegation of racial abuse from Charlton players, hides the facts that their fans chucked seats and a flare narrowing missing a ball boy!! When I was out Saturday night no one would believe that Charlton fans would do such a thing. Because they are supposedly a nice family club. So as usual we take the blame.

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  • December 4, 2012 at 20:54
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    So, racism again, YAWN !! Wonder if this obvious retraction will merit the same publicity world wide (Ghana, USA, Etc.) as the same unfounded allegation ????

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    • December 4, 2012 at 21:43
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      I don't believe racist language has to be used to be determined as racism anymore. It now appears that any abuse directed at a "Non-white" can be consider racist behaviour.

      So to the victims of "Millwall Abuse" , you must understand that it is not the colour of your skin that makes us hate and abuse you, it is the colour of your shirt.

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  • December 4, 2012 at 21:35
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    JUST TRIED TO EMAIL 'black nation' NO SUCCESS. REGARDING THEIR BANNER HEADLINE STATING 13yo ADMITTED GUILT OF racist abuse. S*** STIRRING OR WHAT ?

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  • December 5, 2012 at 09:29
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    I was standing in the area next to where the Charlton players were warming up and I heard everything said on Saturday. First of all, I'm glad I don't normally sit there. The whole area is populated by wannabee herberts who spent the whole match goading the Charlton fans and abusing the Charlton subs and didn't watch the game at all. I have to make the clear point, though, that none of the abuse was racist. It was also interesting that Frimpong in particular seemed to find it all very amusing, as he had a big grin on his face throughout. Wright-Phillips reacted quite a few times in gestures and also seemed to treat it as fun, but maybe neither of them wanted to show it had got to them.
    In all, I found the behaviour of our fans in this area was well out of order. It's not very big to shout personal (not general) abuse at particular fans twenty yards away in another stand when you know there is no chance it will come to blows. In fact that is downright cowardly. To a degree, I also felt the same about abusing the players, who can't react either (I'm amazed there hasn't been another Cantona incident). Saturday was like being forced to watch a game in the company of hyperactive primary school kids with tourettes who had forgotten to take their ritalin. No fun at all.

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    • December 5, 2012 at 11:10
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      Can't agree more with that stand, only sat there the once too.

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    • December 5, 2012 at 14:44
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      Totally agree - Whilst shouting, singing, banter and humour are an essential part of the matchday experience . I find it amazing that some people want to pay hard earned money to not watch a football match but facing the opposing fans, gesturing and shouting at people who you couldn't reach unless you sprouted wings, stopping only to hurl abuse at opposing subs. Whilst the response of some players, and how they choose to publicise their experience is disappointing, with the regularity it is occuring maybe there should be a case for stronger stewarding in these areas as it's the same idiots over and over again and they don't seem to be getting the message.

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