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Charlton pair opt not to complain about alleged racial abuse

ALLEGATIONS: Charlton Athletic’s Danny Haynes

DESPITE CLAIMING to have suffered racial abuse from Millwall supporters on December 1, two Charlton Athletic footballers have decided not to launch an official complaint.

Emmanuel Frimpong, currently on loan from Arsenal, and Danny Haynes took to social network website Twitter to state that they were racially abused by Millwall fans at The Den during their 0-0 Championship draw.

However, Chartlon have declared in a statement that they will not be making an official complaint to the authorities.

“Following reports of the racial abuse of Charlton players during Saturday’s match against Millwall, and subsequent consultation between the club officials, the police and players concerned, it has been decided that no formal complaint will be made to the police,” said the south east London club.

“Charlton are satisfied that Millwall are taking the issue of racism by supporters very seriously.”

A 13-year-old boy was banned from The Den for the “foreseeable future” last month after he was found guilty of racially abusing Bolton Wanderers forward Marvin Sordell.

Regarding the latest racism allegation, Millwall released a statement that said: “Following allegations of racial abuse made by two Charlton players via Twitter after Saturday’s south London derby at The Den, Millwall have been in consultation with Charlton Athletic and the police in regard to this matter.

“The players concerned have made it clear that they do not wish to make a formal complaint to police, and in the absence of any corroborative evidence of racism we consider this matter closed.

“Whilst, as a club, we are disappointed that once again players have sought to make assertions via social media networks rather than draw any concerns to our attention through the appropriate channels immediately, we are grateful to Charlton for their co-operation in dealing with this matter.”

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