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