The Football Association is to launch an investigation into Birmingham striker Dwight Yorke’s claim that he was racially abused at Blackburn.

Yorke said he had been verbally abused by two home fans as he warmed up prior to his 74th-minute introduction as substitute.

FA head of media relations Adrian Bevington said: “We’re still establishing the facts and we hope to speak to all interested parties.”

Blackburn have confirmed one fan had been ejected for making a gesture at Yorke.

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce said: “They racially abused him. Dwight is bitterly upset and angry.”

“Apparently it is monkey taunts and that is sick. It’s all right him getting a bit of stick but when it comes to what we’ve just seen in midweek, everybody is sickened by it.”

Yorke left Rovers for St Andrew’s in August.

Bruce said: “It was something similar to the racist taunts the English players had and we just don’t want to see it.

“I will sit down with Dwight in the morning and go through the whole situation.”

Blackburn chief executive John Williams said: “We want to talk to the police, we want to talk to our stewards, we want to review all the CCTV footage.

“We’ll be very disappointed if it shows that there’s been any evidence of racism, but if there has, we’ll take the strongest possible action.

“This is not something that we want to tolerate at Ewood Park.”