FA examines racism claim at Middlesbrough-Blackburn match

Rudy Gestede
Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede appeared upset by the alleged incident at full-time at Middlesbrough

An allegation of racial abuse during Saturday's match between Middlesbrough and Blackburn is being investigated by the Football Association.

Rovers striker Rudy Gestede appeared to react angrily to a gesture from the crowd at the end of the 1-1 draw.

The FA has contacted both clubs after referee Mark Clattenburg mentioned the incident in his report, while the police have also been notified.

Gestede equalised as Boro claimed a foul on keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

The goal, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, denied the home side a victory that would have moved them into the Championship's top two.

Following the final whistle, Benin international Gestede looked upset by an incident allegedly involving a section of the home support and was pictured appearing to mimic a gesture to his Blackburn team-mates.

Confirmation of the FA investigation has come a day after it charged Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka with improper conduct.

Karanka was sent to the stands by Clattenburg in the aftermath of Gestede's goal.

In his post-match press conference, the Boro boss said Clattenburg sent him from the dugout for pushing the fourth official David Coote.

But Karanka denied doing anything wrong, saying after the game: "I read that I pushed the fourth official or did a lot of things that are not true; I argued with the fourth official. I don't know if I have to speak to somebody to explain my behaviour."

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