Chelsea has confirmed that the fan arrested over an alleged racist gesture during the Blues’ 5-4 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United has been banned from Stamford Bridge “pending the conclusion of a police investigation”.
Gavin Kirkham was arrested on Monday after being identified on social networking websites following the game last Wednesday, and was held on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4a Public Order Act offence before being bailed until November 29.
Chelsea were keen to stress that the 28-year-old holds no membership with the club.
A spokesman said: "Chelsea Football Club has banned a 28-year-old man from Stamford Bridge pending the conclusion of a police investigation into a possible racially aggravated public order offence.
"The man is not a current Chelsea FC season ticket-holder or member.
"Chelsea is co-operating fully with the police as they carry out their investigation."
The man was arrested on Monday after attending a west London police station by appointment.