Hunt 'unlikely to be sanctioned' over abuse claim

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12 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - German under-21 international Aaron Hunt is unlikely to be punished over claims of racial abuse directed at two England players, according to a German press report. Berlin's daily Tagesspiegel reports in its Friday edition that the referee's report on the match does not back up claims that Hunt was responsible for alleged abuse in Tuesday's under-21 international. The report quotes UEFA press spokesman William Gaillard who said Europe's governing body for football was now aw

12 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - German under-21 international Aaron Hunt is unlikely to be punished over claims of racial abuse directed at two England players, according to a German press report.

Berlin's daily Tagesspiegel reports in its Friday edition that the referee's report on the match does not back up claims that Hunt was responsible for alleged abuse in Tuesday's under-21 international.

The report quotes UEFA press spokesman William Gaillard who said Europe's governing body for football was now awaiting an official complaint from England's Football Association (FA).

However Gaillard said UEFA needed "hard evidence" such as an audio or video recording, or an independent witness "otherwise it is one person's word against another's and we can't do anything."

The German Football Federation (DFB) said Wednesday it was investigating a complaint that two England under-21 players Micah Richards and Anton Ferdinand suffered racial abuse.

The FA had said Wednesday it would be making a formal complaint to UEFA after the players claimed they were called "monkeys".

Werder Bremen striker Hunt - who is half English - has vehemently denied he was responsible for the abuse.

"I have not used any racial expressions," he said. "There were obviously a lot of verbal exchanges from both sides in this game, but such things happen in every game."

"I share a room with Kevin Prince Boateng. He is a black player. I hope that says it all."

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.

DPA

Subject: German news

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