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Chelsea ban fan amid police probe over racist gesture

The Blues were keen to stress that Gavin Kirkham, who was arrested on Monday on suspicion of a racially aggravated Section 4a Public Order Act offence, holds no club membership

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.

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