Cardiff City: FA investigating club over allegations of discriminatory behaviour

The FA has confirmed it will investigate Cardiff City over claims of racial abuse made by a child under the age of 14; According to a report by The Athletic, the child told investigators that "he heard monkey noises and that team-mates also rubbed bananas into his clothes."

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The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating Cardiff City over allegations of discriminatory behaviour.

The investigation follows an article in The Athletic in which a footballer under the age of 14 claims he was racially abused by his own teammates in a minibus travelling to an away game.

According to The Athletic's report, the child told FA investigators that "he heard monkey noises and that team-mates also rubbed bananas into his clothes".

The report also says "the FA investigators also heard alleged that staff failed to respond in a satisfactory manner and clamp down on the abuse".

"Indeed, it is claimed the alleged victim was told to get on with it and clean it up himself by a staff member who first heard the complaint at the time."

According to the article, the player has since left the club academy.

Responding to the allegations, a Cardiff City statement read: "Cardiff City Football Club wish to make the following statement in respect of recent allegations of racist bullying between children who were enrolled in the Club's Academy.

"It is not appropriate for us to comment in detail due to the very complex circumstances surrounding the inquiry and the allegations made.

"No coaches or staff are involved in the inquiry, other than to provide evidence if called upon, and it surrounds interactions between players who were 10 or 11 years of age at the time.

"We are fully cooperating with the FA compliance department. We are concerned that the media are portraying young children in such a poor light, when there is an ongoing investigation which is not as straightforward as reported.

"We would hope you appreciate the sensitivities around these issues, especially taking into account the age of the boys concerned and the impact on the individuals within the group and the player himself.

"The EFL and Premier League have strict rules on training compensation and all clubs are expected to abide by them.

"We have a zero-tolerance policy towards racism, and social tolerance is a key part of our education programmes. We will make a further statement upon completion of the inquiry."

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