Footballer Bobby Grant to appear in crown court over racial slur against Daggers defender Gavin Hoyte

Dagger defender Gavin Hoyte is dragged away from Rochdale AFC player Robert Grant (Pic:DaveSimpson/T

Dagger defender Gavin Hoyte is dragged away from Rochdale AFC player Robert Grant (Pic:DaveSimpson/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO

Footballer Robert “Bobby” Grant, who is accused of using a racist slur towards a Daggers defender during a game, is due to have his case tried next month.

The 22-year-old striker denies racially aggravated intentional harassment against Dagenham and Redbridge FC’s Gavin Hoyte during a league match, which took place on the club’s anti-racism day earlier this year.

The Rochdale AFC player had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on April 18 and opted to be tried by a judge and jury.

Last Thursday (May 30), he attended the court again to hear he is now due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on July 15 for a plea and case management hearing.

Grant, of Enstone Avenue, Liverpool, remained silent throughout the brief hearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.