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Tottenham Ladies footballer Renee Hector says opponent made ‘monkey noises’ at her

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The Football Association is investigating alleged racism after a Tottenham Ladies footballer said an opponent made “monkey noises” at her during a game.

In a tweet, Renee Hector claimed an unnamed Sheffield United Women player taunted her with racist abuse during the FA Women’s Championship away fixture on Sunday, which her team went on to win 2-1.

The 23-year-old wrote: “Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises from an opposition player.

“The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did great start to the year!”

An FA spokesperson said the body was aware of the allegation and was looking into the matter.

They said: “We take all allegations of discrimination very seriously and will be making enquiries into the matter.”

Tottenham said Hector had reported the incident to the referee during the game. Sheffield United Women said they had launched their own inquiry into the claim.

In a statement, Tottenham said: “The club is aware of allegations of racial abuse made by Renee Hector following [Sunday’s] victory at Sheffield United Women, that were reported to the referee by the player during the match.

“We have since reported the alleged incident to the FA and await their response. We shall be making no further comment on the allegations at this time.”

Sheffield United Women said they were aware of the allegations and added that they were “conducting a thorough investigation into this matter”.

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