Court summons issued to Rochdale striker Bobby Grant after Dagenham and Redbridge racism allegation

By Suraj Radia

Rochdale striker Bobby Grant will appear in court next month after he was accused of making a racist remark towards a Dagenham and Redbridge player during their game in January.

Grant, 22, is alleged to have abused Daggers defender Gavin Hoyte after the former Arsenal trainee made a complaint to referee Steve Rushton during the second half of the game on January 12.

The League Two fixture – which Rochdale lost 2-1 – was played at Dagenham’s Victoria Road ground on a date which the home side had celebrated as ‘Daggers Against Racism Family Fun Day’.

The hearing is set to take place at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London on April 11.  

A statement on Rochdale’s club website read: “Rochdale Football Club can confirm that following an alleged incident at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road on Saturday January 12, striker Bobby Grant has been summoned to a court hearing in April.

“Grant denies an allegation of racially aggravated harassment and will issue a plea of not guilty.

“As this is now the subject of a judiciary process, the club will not be making any further comment until that process has concluded.”

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