Wy­combe fu­ri­ous at FA’s lack of ac­tion in tack­ling Ak­in­fenwa ‘fat wa­ter buf­falo’ jibe

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A Fleet­wood rep­re­sen­ta­tive has avoided pun­ish­ment by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter al­legedly call­ing Wy­combe striker Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa a “fat wa­ter buf­falo”.

Ak­in­fenwa claimed he felt “an­gry, frus­trated and de­hu­man­ised” af­ter hear­ing the re­mark dur­ing Wy­combe’s play-off semi-fi­nal against Fleet­wood last sea­son.

How­ever, while the FA said that it was sat­is­fied the in­sult was used to­wards Ak­in­fenwa, there was not suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge the Fleet­wood em­ployee for a breach of FA Rule E3(2) – mak­ing ref­er­ence to eth­nic ori­gin, race and/or na­tion­al­ity.

The FA com­mis­sioned a re­port from an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert in race re­la­tions that con­cluded the words were not ob­jec­tively racist.

Wy­combe were not happy with the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said: “The FA had the op­por­tu­nity to take steps to en­sure the con­duct was pun­ished ap­pro­pri­ately and to make sure that ev­ery­one knows this type of com­ment will not be tol­er­ated in the fu­ture.”

The Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion also said it was “dis­ap­pointed” at the ver­dict. “It is clear that a white player with a sim­i­lar stature to Ak­in­fenwa would never be de­scribed in the way he was dur­ing this in­ci­dent,” it said.

Fleet­wood said they “wel­come the find­ings, in par­tic­u­lar the con­clu­sion that the em­ployee’s ac­tions were not ob­jec­tively racist”.

In­sult: Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa claimed he was left ‘an­gry, frus­trated and de­hu­man­ised’ dur­ing Wy­combe’s play-off semi-fi­nal against Fleet­wood

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