In this file photo taken on April 19, 2019, English-born Filipino goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who was playing for Cardiff City at that time, shouts and gestures during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Cardiff City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England. (PHOTO / AFP)
The Football Association said it would investigate alleged racist abuse aimed at Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge as a matter of urgency following an incident in their FA Cup game at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Birmingham manager John Eustace said Etheridge was abused by fans after he celebrated his side's stoppage time equalizer in the 2-2 draw in the fourth round.
The club has a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of abuse and discrimination, and will take the strongest possible action against any individuals identified for committing such offenses.
After the goal Etheridge went to referee Keith Stroud on the halfway line to complain about comments directed to him.
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"Neil was racially abused at the end, which is bang out of order," Eustace told the BBC. "There is no room at all in society, let alone football, for that."
Birmingham said they would assist the authorities while Blackburn issued a statement saying: "The club has a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of abuse and discrimination, and will take the strongest possible action against any individuals identified for committing such offenses."
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The FA said: "We are aware of an alleged incident of racial abuse that was reported to the match official.
"We take allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and we will be investigating as a matter of urgency."
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