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Three held in 'racist chants' probe

Three men have been arrested by police investigating alleged racist chanting directed at Rotherham United's manager during their League One match at Gillingham.

The trio - aged 24, 27 and 57 - were held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence and freed on police bail until May 7, Kent Police said.

It is alleged some Gillingham fans chanted racist abuse at Rotherham boss Steve Evans during his side's pulsating 4-3 win over the Gills at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium yesterday.

Second-half sub Tom Hitchcock helped Rotherham clinch victory with a 21-minute hat-trick late on to consolidate third place.

Scots-born Evans - who has also managed Crawley Town and Boston United - was seen talking to police following the game.

A police statement said: "Kent Police is investigating an allegation that some Gillingham fans were chanting racist abuse at Rotherham manager Steve Evans during yesterday's League One match.

"Three 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."

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