Football federation probes racism complaint

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11 October 2006, Frankfurt (dpa) - The German Football Federation (DFB) is investigating a complaint that two England under-21 players suffered racial abuse from their German opponents. "We are taking these accusations as seriously as we do other incidents of this nature and are therefore examining the truth of this," DFB spokesman Harald Stenger said Wednesday. England's Football Association (FA) will make a formal complaint to football's European governing body UEFA after two England under-21 players, Mi

11 October 2006

Frankfurt (dpa) - The German Football Federation (DFB) is investigating a complaint that two England under-21 players suffered racial abuse from their German opponents.

"We are taking these accusations as seriously as we do other incidents of this nature and are therefore examining the truth of this," DFB spokesman Harald Stenger said Wednesday.

England's Football Association (FA) will make a formal complaint to football's European governing body UEFA after two England under-21 players, Micah Richards and Anton Ferdinand, claimed they were called "monkeys" by German players.

"We will be formally communicating with UEFA in the next couple of days," an FA spokesman said.

West Ham defender Ferdinand added: "It's in the hands of the FA and I am sure they'll deal with it in the appropriate manner. I don't want to say anything about it at this stage."

England beat Germany 2-0 in Leverkusen Tuesday evening to qualify for the 2007 European Championships. Before the match, both teams lined up for a photograph behind an anti-racism banner.

UEFA president Lennart Johansson told BBC Radio the claims would be thoroughly investigated.

"This has to be investigated and it will have its consequences, that's clear," he said.

"It is for the disciplinary board to decide on a punishment. I won't speculate on the outcome but racism is a very serious issue."

UEFA has tightened its sanctions for incidents of racism and can impose punishments ranging from individual fines to team exclusion from competitions.

The European federation is now waiting a report from the Czech referee Jaroslav Jara.

The DFB has instructed under-21 coach Dieter Eilts to question all of his players about the accusation. Captain Stefan Kiessling had already told a DFB official after the match he had heard nothing untoward said.

The German federation has also made it clear recently it would not be tolerating racism in domestic football after incidents at German grounds in which black players were abused from the crowd.

DPA

Subject: German news

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