FA Clears Fleetwood Town

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Akinfenwa is of Nigerian descent

English League One club Fleetwood Town have been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation into claims from Wycombe Wanderers striker Sadheed Adebayo Akinfenwa he was repeatedly called a ‘Fat Water Buffalo’ during last season’s League One play-off semi-final. Akinfenwa alleged after the match a “representative of the opposition” had made the remark during the second-leg of the play-off tie at Highbury Stadium in July and said at the time it “dehumanises me as a black man”.

The FA said it was “entirely satisfied” that the alleged words had been used by a member of Fleetwood, but there was “insufficient evidence” to prove a rules breach. Akinfenwa, 38, who has been at Wycombe for the last four years, also said, amid the Black Lives Matter movement, “we as a sport and as society must wake up” as he called for more to be done to tackle racism.

Wycombe went on to secure promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in their history as they beat Oxford 2-1 in the League One play-off final at Wembley in July. Wycombe and Akinfenwa are yet to respond to the result of the FA investigation.

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