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FA investigating Leeds player over Leko racism allegations

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FA investigating Leeds player over Leko racism allegations

Date Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 4:46

The Football Association is investigating an allegation of discrimination during Saturday's Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton and Leeds.

Charlton said in a club statement that striker Jonathan Leko, who is on loan from West Brom, was allegedly racially abused by an opposing player during the match.

The allegation was included in the referee's September 28 game report, which Charlton won 1-0.

The FA will now talk to interested clubs and individuals before deciding if there is a case to be answered.

Charlton's statement said: "Charlton Athletic can confirm that an allegation of racial abuse directed at Jonathan Leko by an opposing player during Saturday's game against Leeds was reported to referee John Brooks.

“The Football Federation is conducting an investigation after the report.

"The club will support Leko throughout the process and will not comment further until the investigation is completed."

Leeds said in a statement that it was aware of the allegation and would be "working with the FA during its investigation."

Sheffield United Women player Sophie Jones was banned from five matches earlier this year after being found guilty of racially abusing Tottenham's Renee Hector.

Jones, who denied the charges and kept his innocence everywhere, left United by mutual agreement in March.

Under the rules introduced for the 2019-20 season, the minimum suspension for a player found guilty of an aggravated violation of the FA discrimination rules will be six matches, which may be increased depending on additional aggravating factors.

Anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out said it would offer its support to Leko.

"We are aware of an allegation of racial abuse directed at Jonathan Leko and have contacted Charlton Athletic to offer our support to the club and the player," a statement said.

"We will not comment further until the investigation is completed."

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