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FA charge Sheffield United Women's player over racism towards Tottenham ace Hector

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 February 2019

A design of Tottenham Hotspur's badge outside the club's new stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

A design of Tottenham Hotspur's badge outside the club's new stadium (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

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Spurs player Renee Hector made the allegation after the club's 2-1 win at Sheffield United at the beginning of the year

The Football Association have charged Sheffield United Women’s footballer Sophie Jones for an act of racism towards Tottenham Hotspur Ladies player Renee Hector.

An incident was alleged to have taken place during Spurs’ 2-1 win away to Sheffield United at the beginning of January.

Hector made an allegation after the match on Twitter and the governing body revealed the latest in the investigation on Thursday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the FA said: “Sheffield United FC Women’s player Sophie Jones has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.

“It is alleged that words she used during an FA Women’s Championship fixture against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on 6 January 2019 breached Rule E3[1] as they were abusive and/or insulting.

“It is further alleged that the words constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3[2], as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race. Jones has until 15 February 2019 to respond to the charge.”

Sheffield United Women added: “We have been notified that a member of the club’s women’s team has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3, pending a formal Football Association disciplinary hearing.

“The alleged incident took place in the FA Women’s Championship fixture against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on Sunday 6th January 2019.

“The club has co-operated fully with the Football Association’s investigation throughout the subsequent weeks.

“It is alleged that the words the player used breached Rule E3[1] as they were abusive and/or insulting.

“It is further alleged that the words constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in Rule E3[2], as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

“The club works closely with the EFL, the FA and Kick it Out and would like to reiterate that it does not condone racism or any form of discrimination.

“Sheffield United will not comment further on the subject until the conclusion of the formal FA disciplinary hearing.”

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