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Bookmakers: Chalobah said that he was racially abused
By Andrew Scott Monday, 9 December 2013 10:45
Nathaniel Chalobah, on-loan Nottingham Forest midfielder, said that he was subject to racist chanting at Millwall, and bookmakers were not very happy at all to learn about yet another incident involving racism in the sport.
The club said that at half-time the teenager reported the incident to a Forest staff member after claiming to have heard what he thought were racist chants coming from a section of home fans at the New Den – something that shocked many bookmakers.
Sports bookmaker and price per head services saw that Chalobah, who in September arrived from Chelsea at the City Ground, scored Forest’s equaliser in the Championship game on Tuesday, which ended 2-2, but bookmakers saw that he was substituted later on.
A statement from Forest said: “At half-time, (Chalobah) told Forest’s deputy manager Ned (David) Kelly that he believed he was subjected to racist chanting from a section of the home support in the first half.
“The 18-year-old, who claims to have been initially subject to verbal abuse from the same section after receiving treatment for an injury in the opening minutes, was upset by the alleged abuse and struggled to keep his concentration during the interval as a result
“Nottingham Forest treat any incident of this nature extremely seriously and will be liaising closely with the relevant authorities in their investigation of this issue.
“Both clubs are in communication regarding the alleged incident and hope to uncover the truth as quickly as possible for all concerned parties.”
Bookmakers and pay per head services then found out that Millwall released their own statement, suggesting that at the time, Chalobah refused to make an official complaint, and price per head services are wondering what’s going on.
But the club said that if the police makes the decision to intervene, they would assist, and sports bookmaker services hope that they do.
“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,” the statement read.
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“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.”