Chesterfield FC asked to launch full probe by FA

An investigation has been launched after Chesterfield FC’s black players were subjected to racist taunts following Saturday’s game against Port Vale.

Players and fans condemned a section of Port Vale supporters who have been accused of hurling racist abuse.

Armand Gnanduillet is held back back by stewards and CFC keeper Tommy Lee.

Armand Gnanduillet is held back back by stewards and CFC keeper Tommy Lee.

Chesterfield FC has been asked by the FA to investigate the incident after striker Armand Gnanduillet allegedly suffered monkey chants and racist language as he left the pitch following the Spireites’ 2-1 League One victory on August 30.

Gnanduillet had to be held back as Spirieites’ manager Paul Cook tried to calm down the French-born Ivorian.

Paul Cook said: “There were problems with racism after the game. It’s been documented by the stewards and everyone else.”

Team mate Daniel Jones said: “The lads are a team so we were all sticking together and it got out of hand, well out of hand. Embarrassing to be honest.”

PFA Chairman Ritchie Humphreys described the situation as “disgusting and inexcusable”.

Keeper Tommy Lee tweeted: “I hope the authorities deal accordingly with the absolute imbeciles who saw fit to hurl racial abuse as we left the pitch today. Disgusting.”

Spireites’ Gary Roberts said: “Shame about the monkey chants. Kick it out.”

Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite said: “Anyone found guilty of any racist behaviour will be dealt with appropriately by the police and the club. The club will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.”

Port Vale Supporters’ Club chairman Ally Simcock apologised to Gnanduillet.

She said: “I waited to speak to him and apologised on behalf of Vale supporters. At the time, I could see it was a serious issue by the way the players reacted.”

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