Stoke & Staffordshire

Police probe 'racist abuse' against Chesterfield player

Armand Gnanduillet, Image copyright PA
Image caption Armand Gnanduillet was allegedly abused at the end of the game

Police are investigating claims that a Chesterfield footballer was racially abused at a match against Port Vale on Saturday.

Striker Armand Gnanduillet had to be restrained when he reacted to something shouted by a member of the home support at the end of the game.

Chesterfield said they have been asked by the Football Association (FA) to launch an investigation.

Port Vale said anyone found guilty of racist behaviour would be banned.

'No further comment'

It happened as the players made their way from the field at the end of the League One game which Chesterfield won 2-1.

Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: "Any form of racism cannot be tolerated.

"We have been asked by the FA to launch a full investigation, which will involve speaking to our players.

"I spoke to Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite after the match and he said they would hold their own investigation.

"We will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is taking place."

Staffordshire Police confirmed it was investigating the allegations.

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