Ex-Chelsea starlet Damien Wynter is first 'racial abuse victim' at Stamford Bridge to reveal his identity as he blasts 'intimidation'

Damien Wynter says "direct racism" and "intimidation" from Gwyn Williams prevented him fulfilling his potential as the next Ashley Cole.

The left-back is the eighth former Stamford Bridge youth-teamer to allege racism from Williams or fellow ex-coach Graham Rix, who both deny all claims.

Wynter – at Chelsea for two years in the 1990s – told the BBC: "It wasn't just in the changing-room it was from staff itself. Was it direct racism? I'd say so.

"My first experience at Chelsea with racism was by Gwyn, and he called me the 'Brother'.

"From then I was known as the 'Brother'. And there were no other black boys in that squad for quite a while, so I always wondered why they kept calling me the 'Brother' because what I got at school was racism."


Wynter revealed he told his dad, who "spoke to Gwyn about calling me a 'brother' and Gwyn said that I gave as good as I got.

"But I said to my dad, 'How can I give as good as I got being the only black boy in the team?' I was intimidated.


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"So then, nothing was done about that, so during the season Gwyn, he put his hand on my shoulder, he was a big man.

"I hadn't seen him, I hadn't spoken to him, but I remember looking up and he says, 'You can do better than that, black boys can run'.

"Then it got to the showers. Within the changing-room they used to talk about my penis. So again, my dad spoke to Gwyn. Nothing was done.

"They started talking about my penis and the size of black men's d**ks, so I never used to wash and I used to go home with my dad and I never told him why.

"He used to say 'Why didn't you shower?' Because I wasn't comfortable going in the showers.

"I remember how Gwyn made me feel and the worst thing is, I couldn't say anything because there was nobody else to talk to – Gwyn was Chelsea Football Club."

Wynter, now a coach driver in Kent, says he chose to leave the Premier League giants and "wasn't thrown out".

And when Williams called his dad to ask him to return, Wynter refused.

Wynter added: "My dad explained to him how he made me feel and what happened and what I was going through with the players.

"During training and games, they never used to pass the ball to me. Never. And this is something my mum recognized and brought back to me.

"And I just walked away because when you break someone's spirit there isn't much else you've got left.

"Would I have made it? Yeah, so all I want to say is, thanks Gwyn for fighting for me, mate.

"I look at Ashley Cole and I look at the vacant space there was at Chelsea at left-back and I do believe somewhere along the line that role was meant for me.

"I still believe that role was meant for me, because I was good.

"There's no one who can tell you how good I wasn't.

"Because I know in my heart of hearts I was the best. They knew the potential I had. And then you leave and what do you have?"

Wynter said he is sure Williams spoke to white players differently.

And he explained he has spoken out to support other alleged victims.

He said: "I'll provide [testimony], but I just want it on record I don't want anything from it.

"Yesterday in the car, I just started crying because it came back.

"I don't know what these players [who have already come forward] went through but I guarantee they went through something.

"Racism's everywhere. But definitely football clubs and when young kids are involved the people at the top have a responsibility to highlight this and filter it through because that's the only way it's going to change."

Chelsea say they are taking all the claims "extremely seriously".

They called in children's charity Barnardo's last week to spearhead an independent investigation.

And the club told the BBC: "The allegations will be fully investigated. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected which would include counselling for any former player that may need it."

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