Charlton apologise after innocent fan is accused of racist abuse, kicked out of ground and arrested

News Shopper: Cedric Evina. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD. Cedric Evina. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

CHARLTON have apologised after a completely innocent supporter was kicked out The Valley and arrested by police over racist abuse.

Police arrested the 44-year-old man, from Kent, after he was ejected on February 8 during the match against Birmingham.

On online forums, fans have claimed they tried to point out that the wrong man had been apprehended, but their protests were ignored.

A club spokesman said: "The club would also like to apologise to a supporter who was incorrectly identified in relation to the incident and passed on to local police on Saturday.

"The individual concerned, who has been completely exonerated from any blame, accepts it was the result of a genuine error made in good faith and has offered his personal support to helping the club combat all forms of racism."

They added: "Following a detailed examination of the available CCTV footage a suspect has now been identified and the club are currently working with police to locate them."

After the game, Addicks player Cédric Evina wrote in a tweet, since deleted: "Racist abuse especially from own fans isn't acceptable! #disgraceful."

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8:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

He should Sue for deformation of character. Other than that, much to do about nothing as per. Wasting taxpayersmoney on nothing important.
He should Sue for deformation of character. Other than that, much to do about nothing as per. Wasting taxpayersmoney on nothing important. sarfflondonbird

8:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

cookster says...

He should thank Charlton for throwing him out early.
He should thank Charlton for throwing him out early. cookster

9:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

" Sue for deformation "

Oh my sides, you must be a scarfer sarflondonturd.
" Sue for deformation " Oh my sides, you must be a scarfer sarflondonturd. Gypo.Joe

1:24am Thu 13 Feb 14

ISaidThis says...

Charlton must be thanking their lucky stars that the man is being so co-operative, falsely labelling someone a racist and having him arrested would normally be a sure way to ensure a hefty legal bill and some serious compo, especially as several people were pointing out the man's innocence at the time.
Charlton must be thanking their lucky stars that the man is being so co-operative, falsely labelling someone a racist and having him arrested would normally be a sure way to ensure a hefty legal bill and some serious compo, especially as several people were pointing out the man's innocence at the time. ISaidThis

9:45am Thu 13 Feb 14

rescoffering says...

...accusing people of 'racism' used to be 'popular' amongst the lily livered buffoons we see in society... now these people are getting monstered for lying!! rofl!!
...accusing people of 'racism' used to be 'popular' amongst the lily livered buffoons we see in society... now these people are getting monstered for lying!! rofl!! rescoffering

10:37am Thu 13 Feb 14

the wall says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
He should Sue for deformation of character. Other than that, much to do about nothing as per. Wasting taxpayersmoney on nothing important.
How is it defamation? Where is the publication of a statement which tends to lower this person in the estimation of right thinking people? Where is the intention?

Wasting taxpayers money on nothing important.? So you think it's ok to use racist abuse?

This is more like the Police bullying the public again, even when told who the suspect is. A lot of Police treat football fans as scum, they don't care who they nick stats are stats.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: He should Sue for deformation of character. Other than that, much to do about nothing as per. Wasting taxpayersmoney on nothing important.[/p][/quote]How is it defamation? Where is the publication of a statement which tends to lower this person in the estimation of right thinking people? Where is the intention? Wasting taxpayers money on nothing important.? So you think it's ok to use racist abuse? This is more like the Police bullying the public again, even when told who the suspect is. A lot of Police treat football fans as scum, they don't care who they nick stats are stats. the wall

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