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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