Middlesbrough’s Egyptian striker Hossam Mido has criticised the Football Association for their failure to deal with the Islamophobic chanting he has suffered.
The 25-year-old, who was verbally abused during last weekend’s game against Middlesbrough, suffered similar abuse in last season’s Tees-Tyne derby and he claims the FA’s failure to act when it happened last year contributed to a repeat this season.
Mido said: “They kept chanting disgusting words, racist words about Islam and unfortunately, this is the second time that the same fans have done this.”
“It happened again because after the first time the English FA did nothing. I considered this as an invitation from the English FA to the Newcastle supporters to repeat such shameful acts,” he told Egyptian television station Al Hayat.
“I can assure you that nothing is going to happen this time again. The English FA said that they will be investigating the issue and will make use of the latest technology to stop such racist abuse of players but I feel that nothing will happen.
“I am asking the English FA to take serious action to stop such things. These chants are not directed at me as a person but it is directed at Islam.”
Both clubs have been given until the middle of next week to respond to the FA’s investigation into the incident.