THE Football Association will write to world governing body Fifa today telling them they have uncovered no evidence of racist behaviour from England fans in San Marino last month, according to Club England’s Adrian Bevington.
A complaint was lodged by anti-racism campaigners Fare following suggestions defender Rio Ferdinand and brother Anton had been the subject of racist chanting, after the Manchester United star withdrew from the England squad for the World Cup qualifier in controversial circumstances.
If Fifa choose to bring forward a charge England face playing a World Cup qualifier behind closed doors or the FA could be fined, but Bevington has confirmed a review of the evidence available had failed to substantiate the claims.
“We have been through all of the recorded video evidence we have and that has not identified any individuals or any evidence of any racially abusive chanting,” said the managing director.
“Both Fare and members of the media have a duty to report such matters and we fully support them in their right to do so.
“I am not calling into question the integrity of any journalist who reported what they had heard in good faith. We have to ensure an environment exists where anyone is able to report their concerns to us.”
Bevington went on to state their investigation would continue, but praised England’s supporters for their previous good behaviour.
“We continue to work hard to ensure that any individual who did chant anything of a racist nature in San Marino is identified,” he added.
“The vast majority of England fans despise such behaviour, and have helped us restore our reputation internationally, to the point where in the past two major tournaments there has not been a single England fan arrested.”