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Club Statement

Posted: Mon 14 Jan 2013

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Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club wishes to confirm that the case of actual or alleged racist abuse aimed at our defender Gavin Hoyte by an opponent player has been reported to police in the past 24 hours.

Following a complaint made by Gavin to referee Steve Rushton during Saturday's 2-1 npower League Two victory over Rochdale, the incident has now been reported to the Metropolitan police for them to investigate. Mr Rushton has confirmed to the Club that he has also reported the matter to the Football Association.

The game against Rochdale was championed as a “Daggers Against Racism Family Fun Day” and it is deeply disappointing that this incident has tarnished the day.

The Club will fully support Gavin Hoyte during the investigation and has complete faith in his honesty and integrity.

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club wish to reiterate that they have a zero tolerance stance on racism.

No further statements will be made by the Club on this incident until all investigations have been completed by the appropriate authorities.