What have the FA said?
A statement said: “Queens Park Rangers FC’s Todd Kane has been banned for seven matches, fined £6,000 and ordered to attend a mandatory education session after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3 following their EFL Championship fixture against Brentford FC on Wednesday 17 February 2021.
“Todd Kane admitted that he used abusive and insulting language during the 62nd minute of the fixture contrary to the FA Rule E3.1 and that this constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as the language included a reference, whether expressed or implied, to nationality and ethnicity.”
What have QPR said?
A statement said: “The club want to make it clear that there is no justification for insults pertaining to someone else’s nationality. Todd knows this falls below the standards he sets for himself as well as the standards we set for our employees and is against the inclusive nature of the club.
“In addition to the sanctions by the FA, Todd, who has shown remorse throughout, will be subject to internal disciplinary procedures.
“In mitigation, both Todd and Rob Dickie, who witnessed the incident, have consistently testified that Todd’s comment was in response to an opposition player using similar language about Todd’s nationality.
“Todd admitted using the wording “diving, foreign *expletive*” in response to being called an “‘expletive* ugly, English *expletive*”.
“The opposition player admitted using abusive language but denied referencing Todd’s nationality. This was accepted by the FA and no further action was taken against him.
“As a club we were surprised to learn the individual views of one opposition player have been believed by the FA while the views of two of our players were rejected, particularly given that both were praised by investigators for their forthright testimony.
“Nevertheless, referring to anyone’s nationality is not acceptable and the club and Todd apologise unreservedly to the player involved and to others for whom this incident has caused offence.
“We would appeal to supporters of both clubs involved to consider how they comment on this on social media, particularly towards any of the players involved. This is an issue that has caused a lot of distress for an parties.
“Queens Park Rangers Football Club condemns all forms of discrimination and has been at the forefront of working to tackle this issue, in both our recruitment across all levels of the club and our action in the local community.”
Who is Kane?
Kane began his career at Chelsea, joining their academy at the age of eight.
The right-back then came through the youth system before spending time on loan at Preston, Blackburn, Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Nijmegen, Groningen, Oxford United and Hull City.
He joined QPR permanently in the summer of 2019 and has made 51 league appearances for them in the last two seasons.
What happened in the game?
Ivan Toney put promotion-chasing Brentford into the lead in the 30th minute of the game, knocking Mathias Jensen’s whipped free-kick into the net.
But QPR fought back. Sam Field levelled the scores with a first-time shot on his QPR debut.
Charlie Austin then gave QPR the 2-1 win courtesy of a deflected strike in the 76th minute.
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