Airbus footballer accused of racist insults is cleared
An Airbus footballer has been cleared of using a racist insult during an ill-tempered match against rivals Bangor City.
The Football Association of Wales this week said no further action would be taken against former Chester player Tom Field following allegations he racially abused Gary O’Toole during the Wingmakers’ 2-0 league win in April.
An FAW spokesman confirmed the news after a nine-week probe on Monday – within minutes of Airbus being drawn against Latvian champions FK Ventspils in the Europa League.
A statement said: “The Football Association of Wales has recently concluded its extensive investigation into the alleged comments of a racist nature during the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League match between Airbus UK and Bangor City on April 20.
“The alleged incident involved Bangor City’s Gary O’Toole and Tom Field of Airbus. Following a full and thorough investigation, the FAW has determined that no further disciplinary action will be taken in this matter.”
During the match at Broughton, which was televised live on S4C, former Connah’s Quay Nomads player O’Toole became angry after a mêlée and had to be restrained by a team-mate.
He accused 27-year-old Field of racism, and the visitors lodged an official complaint with the Welsh Premier League the following day.
But the Broughton club’s chief operating officer Stewart Roberts told the Chronicle he was confident Field, a former Everton youth player, would be exonerated.
He said: “Common sense has prevailed. An unfortunate allegation was made against Tom, he 100 per cent denied it and we supported him fully.”
Bangor chairman Dilwyn Jones said: “As far as the club’s concerned the matter is now closed.”
From Daily Post