Nine people banned from Daggers ground after shouting racist abuse at children

Nine people have been banned from Dagenham and Redbridge FC’s ground after hurling racist abuse at a group of Bangladeshi children during a match.

The men, along with others, were heard shouting racist remarks at the group of 300 youngsters during a Daggers match against Bradford City on Saturday - the same day the club held an anti-racism day.

Following the disorder fifteen people were ejected from the Victoria Road stadium by police and one was arrested for public disorder and bailed to return to a police station at a later date.

A Daggers safety officer has since investigated the matter and as a result nine people were sent letters banning them from the grounds.

A further 15 people are likely to receive similar letters once their identities and addresses are confirmed, a spokesman from the club said.

He added: “This preliminary action taken by the club is an indication of how seriously we regard this matter, and is separate from any action that may be taken by the police.

“The club are continuing to assist the police as they investigate whether any of those people identified should also face criminal proceedings.

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Anyone with information that could assist the club or police please call the club’s police liaison officer Pc Mark Osborne on 07786691558 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

The children were visiting the club as part of a trip organised by the Bangladeshi Football Association.