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Men face court over football chants

A group of men is to appear in court on Monday following allegations of racist chanting during a football match last year, police said.

Five men are charged with a racially aggravated public order offence alleged to have taken place during the game West Ham United played at home against Stoke City on November 19.

Daniel Lunt, 24, from Merseyside, will join Mark Mahoney, 27, Jack Stratton, 26, Sam King, 20, and Sam Sneddon, 21, all from Essex, at Thames Magistrates' Court in the morning.

A sixth man, Scott Templeman, 41, from Essex, was charged with a public order offence and will also appear in court.

Meanwhile, Warren Kober, 49, from Essex, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and was bailed to appear at the same court on July 8.

The men were charged in February this year.

A 23-year-old man was arrested by police following an incident on November 25 at the Tottenham-West Ham game. He was released with no further action on February 18.

Superintendent Craig Haslam, from Newham Borough, said: "Anyone who has witnessed alleged discriminatory behaviour at football matches is urged to speak to local police or contact our non-emergency line on 101."

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