Incident may have involved opponent during anti-racism fixture, FA and Police to investigate
"It's terrible that the positive message the Daggers Against Racism Family Fun day has presented has been clouded by this incident."
Anwar Uddin, SRtRC Education Worker and former D&RFC captain
(photo from recent Dagenham & Redbridge SRtRC event, organised in partnership with Redbridge Council)
Dagenham & Redbridge FC defender Gavin Hoyte reported to the referee that he had received racist abuse from an opponent during a match on Saturday.
The Daggers were playing Rochdale at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium during a fixture which had been named as the club’s ‘Daggers Against Racism Family Fun’ day. This annual event sees the club offer tickets for £1, both teams wear anti-racism T-Shirts and includes fun activities for young people.
Gavin Hoyte reported the incident to the referee, who has made a subsequent report to the FA.
“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.”
Dagenham & Redbridge FC is a big supporter of the SRtRC campaign. The club host an educational event with us each season, the most recent of which was on December 10th.
Anwar Uddin is a former Dagenham & Redbridge FC player and an education worker with Show Racism the Red Card. Anwar spoke to us about the incident:
"As club captain at Daggers for 6 years, I know that the club are doing as much as they can to promote an anti-racism message locally. They have run this event for several years now and it's a great initiative.
"It's terrible that the positive message the Daggers Against Racism Family Fun day has presented has been clouded by this incident.
"I hope that the FA and the police act quickly and I know everyone at SRtRC, myself included, would like to offer whatever support we can to Gavin and the club."