The British Football Association is to investigate an alleged racist incident
involving Newcastle United's Turkey midfielder Emre Belozoglu, following a
submission by Watford's French midfielder Al Bangura.
Emre, who already faces an FA hearing for alleged
racially-aggravated abuse during Newcastle's defeat at Everton on December 30,
had been linked by British media with two other reported incidents.
An FA spokesman said on Thursday: "Following the allegations which appeared
in the media of alleged racist incidents involving Emre, the FA wrote to
El-Hadji Diouf and Al Bangura to ask them if they were willing to provide
"El-Hadji Diouf has responded and confirmed he does not want to pursue the
"Al Bangura has responded with a statement and further investigations will
now be made." Newcastle played Diouf's Bolton Wanderers in October and Watford
in the League Cup in November and Premier League in December.
Emre has requested a personal hearing, yet to be scheduled, after denying a
charge of using "racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words" in the