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Three men arrested after allegations Rotherham manager Steve Evans racially abused by Gills supporters

06 April 2014
by Alex Matthews

Three men were arrested after complaints of racial abuse at Priestfield Stadium yesterday.

Police are now investigating an allegation that Gillingham fans were chanting racist abuse to Rotherham manager Steve Evans during yesterday’s Sky Bet League 1 match that Rotherham won 4-3.

The men - aged, 24, 27 and 57 - were arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and have been released on bail until May 7 while officers make further inquiries.

It is not the first time Mr Evans and the Gills have been involved in allegations of racial abuse.

The Scot previously made an official complaint in 2011 about then Gills boss, Andy Hessenthaler, after a heated exchange at a boxing day match when he was manager of Crawley Town. 

As words were exchanged between players and staff of both teams. A police officer was sent into the changing rooms to calm the situation down.

The complaint was later dropped by Mr Evans.

In his column in last Friday’s Messenger, Gills assistant manager John Schofield said that he expected a “side show” to come from the Rotherham boss on the sidelines.

However, he added that away from football the controversial manager is not as bad as his theatrics suggest.

Mr Schofield said: “Obviously, he has his own style on the touchline and each to their own.
“It’s not for everyone.

"He is not short of passion when he’s out there on the side of the pitch but when you meet him after the game he is a lovely bloke.”

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