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Newcastle’s Emre in racism probe January 4, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Football, Racism, Racist, soccer.

LONDON: Newcastle midfielder Emre is at the centre of a racism investigation following his side’s 3-0 Premier League defeat last weekend against Everton.

Referee Dermot Gallagher, who took charge of the match at Goodison Park, did not hear comments allegedly made by the 26-year-old Turkey international to goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Joleon Lescott.

However, he mentioned he had been informed of the claims in his report, which was received by the Football Association on Tuesday and the national governing body are now set to pursue the matter.

“We have received the referee’s report and he mentions that an allegation was made, but he did not hear anything himself,” said an FA spokesman.

“We will be writing to Everton to request any further information with which they can provide us.”

Emre clashed angrily with the Everton pair after the duo had been awarded a penalty and the subsequent disruption caused a lengthy break in the game as players from both sides tried to intervene.

Gallagher took no action other than to speak to the former Inter Milan player after consulting his assistant.

Both Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder and Everton counterpart David Moyes were not able to add any details regarding the alleged incident with the players involved in the flare-up remained tight-lipped.

However, there were reports home fans behind the goal where the incident occurred were planning to write to the FA, and the spokesman added: “If we receive any evidence from players or supporters, we will treat it very seriously.”

Emre must now wait to see if Everton will make a complaint against him with a fine or a ban awaiting him if he is charged and convicted.

He played in Newcastle’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Monday and is set to play a key role for Roeder’s men in their FA Cup third round match away to Division Two leaders Birmingham on Saturday with skipper Scott Parker suspended and Nicky Butt struggling to overcome an ankle problem. – AFP

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: TheStar.com

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