Writer: Shaun Calderwood
Date:Tuesday May 15 2012
Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio is being investigated by the FA for claims of racism by former loan player Jonathan Tehoue.
Tehoue came on loan to Swindon from Leyton Orient but failed to impress during his time at the County Ground and has since claimed he was subjected to racist abuse by Di Canio.
The club investigated the matter internally at the time and dealt with it in house, but Tehoue has complained to the FA who are now investigating the incident.
Swindon Town have released the following statement.
Swindon Town Club Statement
Following an article in today's Daily Mail, the club feels it is imperative to put the record straight on a number of points.
There is always a danger that without appropriate response, the headline grabbing approach of tabloid journalism, based on innuendo and sensationalism rather than facts, creates a misguided belief along the lines of 'there is no smoke without fire'.
For the record, STFC states categoricallly that it operates a zero tolerance approach towards racism.
With regard to the specific complaint raised by Jonathan Tehoue, the Board was fully appraised of the facts at the time of the alleged incident back in March and having investigated it, was satisfied that it was without merit and took appropriate action then. The club will of course however happily assist the FA in its enquiries.
The manager, Paolo Di Canio denies completely any suggestion that he used toward Jonathan Tehoue or anyone, abusive, insulting or threatening words or behaviour by reference to race or at all and the Board wishes to affirm its complete and unequivocal support for its manager in this regard.
Further, the Board is wholly satisfied that any decisions concerning Jonathan Tehoue's playing career whilst at STFC, were made for purely footballing reasons.
Date:Tuesday May 15 2012
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