The Football Association has said it will not tolerate homophobic or disctiminatory behaviour from fans after Cardiff City’s manager was verbally abused during Saturday’s match against Nottingham Forest.
Dave Jones, who has been at the Welsh club since 2005, said it was a “minority of idiots” chanting abuse.
During the 1999–2000 season Mr Jones, then manager of Southampton, was cleared as part of an investigation into child abuse.
He had been employed as a care worker in the late 1980s. The case was thrown out of court and the judge commented it should never have come to trial.
The FA confirmed today that they are investigating the abuse targeted at him by Forest fans.
“We strongly condemn any chanting which contains foul and abusive language or is of a homophobic or discriminatory nature,” it said in a statement.
“At this stage is that we are gathering information on this.”
Mr Jones told the BBC:
“I’m not tarring all Forest fans with the same brush, I’m talking about the minority of idiots who were chanting.
“People who are chanting probably don’t know what they’re chanting, they’re following the fool that is in front of them.
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