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Walsall cleared after racism claim

19 March 2014

The Football Association has cleared Walsall and their fans of wrongdoing following allegations of racist abuse towards two Wolverhampton Wanderers players.

Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi reported the abuse which allegedly occurred in two separate incidents during the Sky Bet League 1 match between the two clubs at the Banks's Stadium on 8th March.

In a letter to Walsall, the FA said: "Walsall FC immediately started an investigation and we have now received the club's full response.

"Walsall have advised The FA that no reports of racist abuse were made to the control room on the day by stewards or police and that nothing was reported by the match officials.

"Since the game, Walsall have carried out a full review of the CCTV footage and advise that there is nothing of evidential use in respect of racist behaviour.

"Also that at their subsequent home game on 11th March the club took the opportunity to question all stewards working in the relevant areas of the ground and none of them reported hearing any racist abuse at the Wolves game.

"In the circumstances, we can confirm that The FA is not in a position to take any further action in this matter."

A statement released by Walsall read: " Walsall Football Club have taken the allegation very seriously and have fully co-operated with The FA and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"We promote an inclusive philosophy. We are proud of the work we undertake within the local community and beyond and are committed to social inclusion.

"Walsall is a multi-cultural town and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind."

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