FA yet to conclude findings into alleged racist abuse that forced Watford youth coach Dave Hughes to remove his players from the pitch

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More than 11 weeks have passed since Watford youth coach Dave Hughes removed his players from a pitch in Italy following alleged racist abuse but the FA has yet to conclude its findings into the incident.

Hughes told his Under-19 side to leave the field 15 minutes into the second half against Serie B club Latina, in a Wojtyla Cup game, after alleged persistent comments by opposition players.

The game took place on December 11 and this week an FA spokesman said: “The matter is ongoing. Clearly we take any allegation of this nature with the utmost seriousness and will conduct a full and thorough investigation.”

A Watford spokesman added: “Watford FC confirms that it continues to co-operate fully with requests from The Football Association, who are compiling a report on the club’s behalf for submission to its Italian counterpart.

“From the outset, everyone at the club has been fully behind its academy players, Dave Hughes, Chris McGuane and all the other academy staff. This position will not change, and we look forward to complying with any further requests made of us by The FA.”

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4:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HornetJJ says...

It is beacuse they have much more important things to sort out first. Such as bringing in laws to punish players that have t-shirts under their tops with slogans on!
It is beacuse they have much more important things to sort out first. Such as bringing in laws to punish players that have t-shirts under their tops with slogans on! HornetJJ

4:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

andyhooked says...

Perhaps it is football politics that are slowing things down. Just a small fine may be levied because they are afraid (UEFA and FIFA) of banning clubs and countries at a higher level of football - and they will not set a precedent. They do not have the stomach for dealing harshly with clubs or countries that show racism, not just in Italy, but in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. We may have moved on in the UK (and Scotland please stay with us) but others have not.
Perhaps it is football politics that are slowing things down. Just a small fine may be levied because they are afraid (UEFA and FIFA) of banning clubs and countries at a higher level of football - and they will not set a precedent. They do not have the stomach for dealing harshly with clubs or countries that show racism, not just in Italy, but in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. We may have moved on in the UK (and Scotland please stay with us) but others have not. andyhooked

4:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

gloryhornet4 says...

If Dave Hughes had not taken the players off, I doubt this would go anywhere.

Well done Dave.

That said I expect someone at the FA thought about whether they could fine Watford for failing to complete a fixture, even though the "duty of care" as an employer meant Dave had no choice.
If Dave Hughes had not taken the players off, I doubt this would go anywhere. Well done Dave. That said I expect someone at the FA thought about whether they could fine Watford for failing to complete a fixture, even though the "duty of care" as an employer meant Dave had no choice. gloryhornet4

4:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

gloryhornet4 says...

HornetJJ wrote:
It is beacuse they have much more important things to sort out first. Such as bringing in laws to punish players that have t-shirts under their tops with slogans on!
Yes, I agree low value stuff, although I do take it very seriously that some players should be fined for being silly tw4ts - bad goal celebrations, shirt over head, saying yunno in post match interviews.
[quote][p][bold]HornetJJ[/bold] wrote: It is beacuse they have much more important things to sort out first. Such as bringing in laws to punish players that have t-shirts under their tops with slogans on![/p][/quote]Yes, I agree low value stuff, although I do take it very seriously that some players should be fined for being silly tw4ts - bad goal celebrations, shirt over head, saying yunno in post match interviews. gloryhornet4

6:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Cuetip says...

andyhooked wrote:
Perhaps it is football politics that are slowing things down. Just a small fine may be levied because they are afraid (UEFA and FIFA) of banning clubs and countries at a higher level of football - and they will not set a precedent. They do not have the stomach for dealing harshly with clubs or countries that show racism, not just in Italy, but in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. We may have moved on in the UK (and Scotland please stay with us) but others have not.
Absolutely spot on.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it is football politics that are slowing things down. Just a small fine may be levied because they are afraid (UEFA and FIFA) of banning clubs and countries at a higher level of football - and they will not set a precedent. They do not have the stomach for dealing harshly with clubs or countries that show racism, not just in Italy, but in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Russia. We may have moved on in the UK (and Scotland please stay with us) but others have not.[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on. Cuetip

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