Dagenham report racial abuse towards defender Gavin Hoyte

Hoyte reported being racially abused by an unnamed Rochdale player to the match referee. Photo: PA

Dagenham have reported an allegation of racist abuse towards one of their players by an opponent to the police.

A statement from the npower League Two club said the alleged incident involved Dagenham defender Gavin Hoyte and an unnamed Rochdale player during yesterday's match between the sides. Hoyte also reported it to match referee Steve Rushton.

In their statement, Dagenham also said that Rushton had informed the Football Association of the allegation.

Dagenham added: "The game against Rochdale was championed as a 'Daggers Against Racism Family Fun Day' and it is deeply disappointing that this incident has tarnished the day.

"The club will fully support Gavin Hoyte during the investigation and has complete faith in his honesty and integrity."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We can confirm that we have received an allegation of racial abuse in relation to the football match between Dagenham and Redbridge and Rochdale that took place on Saturday, January 12."