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FIFA to investigate racial abuse towards QPR under-18s in Spain

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FIFA to investigate racial abuse towards QPR under-18s in Spain which forced them to walk off the pitchManager Paul Furlong was informed of incident in second half against NervionQPR chief executive Lee Hoos said: 'We take a very strong stance against racism'Seventeen-year-old Trent Mahorn led his players off the field during the match The team was allegedly subjected to monkey noises and taunts of 'n*****' 

FIFA have vowed to investigate the racial abuse suffered by QPR’s under-18 side once they receive an official report on the incident.

Football’s governing body are awaiting details of the shocking events that forced the Hoops’ youngsters to walk off the pitch during their pre-season friendly in Spain last week.

Former Rangers striker Paul Furlong’s players took matters into their own hands after being on the receiving end of vile treatment by Spanish side AD Nervion last week, when they were subjected to monkey noises and ‘n*****’ taunts.

 Queens Park Rangers have called on UEFA to take the 'strongest possible action' following alleged racist abuse by opposition players during a friendly in Spain

QPR owner Tony Fernandes said the defiant stand taken by the club’s under-18s made him ‘proud.’

UEFA insisted friendlies ‘fall under the jurisdiction of FIFA’ following a call from Rangers’ CEO that European football’s governing body to take ‘the strongest possible action’.

FIFA said in a statement: ‘At the time of writing, FIFA hasn’t received any information in relation to this matter.

 Seventeen-year-old defender Trent Mahorn led his players off the field during the match

‘Should we receive such information, for example a claim or through an official report including this issue we will look into the matter.

‘Generally speaking, FIFA’s position on discrimination is very clear: we are fully engaged in combating any form of discrimination not only in football but in society in general and we support any effort in this field.’

The referee had no choice but to abandon the fixture in Seville after the QPR’s walk off and FIFA backed that move.

Their statement continued: ‘FIFA introduced an Anti-Discrimination Monitoring system and the so-called “three-step procedure” at its tournaments, which allows referees to go as far as to abandon a match in case of discriminatory incidents.

‘FIFA urges all member associations, leagues, clubs and disciplinary bodies to adopt the same procedure, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of racism in football, and to apply harsh sanctions for any such kind of behaviour.’

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