CLARKE CARLISLE is to join Watford's arch rivals Luton Town on a month's loan.

The defender, signed from Queens Park Rangers for £100,000 in 2005, has only recently returned to Reserve team action following ten months out with a thigh problem, and Aidy Boothroyd believes a month at Kenilworth Road will do wonders for a player who features prominently in his plans.

"I'm sure people will say why are you helping Luton out, they are the worst team you could want to help out' but it's local which means we can keep a close eye on him," explained Boothroyd. "I want him to get some games and I can't guarantee him games here at the moment."

Meanwhile, Al Bangura could be required to give evidence at a Football Association hearing after he filed a report following an alleged incident of racial abuse.

The midfielder, who hails from Sierra Leone, claims he was abused by Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu in the 2-1 defeat at St James' Park in December.

Emre is already in hot water with the FA after he was charged following claims by Joleon Lescott and Tim Howard, the Everton pair, that the prickly Turkish midfielder abused Joseph Yobo.

The mild-mannered Bangura is understood to have initially kept the incident to himself, confiding in only Hameur Bouazza and the club only became aware of the incident after being contacted by a national newspaper.

After consultation with Chris Powell, the Watford left-back who doubles up as the PFA chairman, Bangura decided to submit a report to the FA on Monday.

The club, who are a big supporter of the Kick Racism Out of Football campaign, are awaiting the FA's next move