THE FA have confirmed they are investigating claims of an incident of racism during Tranmere’s League One encounter at Yeovil Town last Saturday.
Yeovil defender Jamie McAllister is alleged to have racially abused Abdulai Bell-Baggie, who penned a new deal with Tranmere yesterday, as the Rovers winger was leaving the field after being substituted in the second half.
It is understood the FA are speaking to the players involved and to officials from both clubs before a decision is made on whether to bring charges.
An FA official told the ECHO: “There was an allegation of racism during the Yeovil versus Tranmere game which we are currently investigating.”
The FA have not named the players involved in their investigation. Tranmere declined to make any comment about the matter yesterday.
Bell-Baggie is reported to have complained that McAllister called him a racist name as he left the pitch. Yeovil won the game 1-0.
McAllister has denied the allegation. His manager Gary Johnson said: “I have spoken to Jamie and asked him. He will always vehemently deny any allegation and has done. He’s very upset by it.
“If it gets around to it and the FA and Professional Footballers’ Association have to look into it then they will deal with whichever person is telling the truth – and more so have to deal with the person that’s not telling the truth.”
Bell Baggie, 20, who was born in Sierra Leone, has represented England at youth team level. He was on the books at Yeovil for several months during the early part of last season and joined Tranmere on a one-year contract in the summer of 2012, following a successful trial.
Yesterday, he signed a contract extension that will keep him at Prenton Park until the summer of 2015.
McAllister, 34 was born in Glasgow and spent the early part of his career in Scotland before joining Bristol City in 2006.
He signed for Yeovil at the start of this season. He has won one full cap for Scotland.
The FA are working hard to stamp racism out of the game.
Last season Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United in a game at Anfield and was suspended for eight matches.
Tranmere underlined their faith in Bell-Baggie’s developing skills by extending his contract by a further two years.
He became the fifth player to sign a long-term deal in recent weeks, following Max Power, Cole Stockton, Jake Kirby and Danny Holmes.
Manager Ronnie Moore said: “Abs has done very well for us this season. He’s an exciting player and one who is capable of winning matches for us.
“When he’s on top of his game he’s a nightmare for defenders and he’s given quite a few full-backs headaches this season.
“He’s got a great attitude and has fitted in well with the rest of the squad and I’m delighted he’ll be here for the next two seasons.”