Sheffield United Women's forward Sophie Jones charged with alleged racist abuse
Last Updated: 07/02/19 7:49pm
Sheffield United Women's player Sophie Jones has been charged with alleged racist abuse towards Tottenham Ladies defender Renee Hector.
It is alleged that words Jones used during an FA Women's Championship fixture on January 6 breached Rule E3 as they were abusive and/or insulting.
It is further alleged that the words constituted an 'Aggravated Breach', which is defined in Rule E3, as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football - I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did 💙🤩 great start to the year! @ThlfcOfficial #COYSL #SHEvTOT #KickItOut— Renée Hector (@renazzza) January 6, 2019
Sheffield United confirmed their player had been charged, pending a formal FA disciplinary hearing, on Thursday.
A club statement said: "The Club has co-operated fully with the Football Association's investigation throughout the subsequent weeks.
"The Club works closely with the EFL, the FA and Kick it Out and would like to reiterate that it does not condone racism or any form of discrimination.
"Sheffield United will not comment further on the subject until the conclusion of the formal FA disciplinary hearing."
Jones has until 15 February 2019 to respond to the charge.