FA wait on police report on Diouf after alleged racist comment to ball-boy
22 September 2009 11:16
The FA will wait for Merseyside Police to conclude their investigation into El Hadji Diouf’s clash with a ball-boy at Everton on Sunday before deciding whether to take any action against the Blackburn forward.
Diouf is alleged to have made a racist comment towards the youngster as he retrieved the ball for a throw-in and was questioned by police at Goodison Park an hour after the match.
Officers were due to speak to the ball-boy and match officials on Monday before deciding whether to take the matter further.
An FA spokesman said: 'We are aware of the matter and we are awaiting Merseyside Police to conclude their inquiries.’
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is believed to have spoken to Diouf.
Allardyce is expected to make changes for Blackburn's Carling Cup tie at Nottingham Forest.
His assistant Neil McDonald has insisted the latest controversy surrounding Diouf will have no bearing on whether the Senegal international plays.
‘If he is in the squad, it certainly wouldn’t have anything to do with what happened on Sunday,’ said McDonald.