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Jackson: Ref to report abuse claims

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Lincoln manager Peter Jackson has confirmed referee Simon Hooper has included an incident of alleged racial abuse towards his players and assistant Iffy Onuora during their FA Cup first-round clash at Kettering in his report to the Football Association.

Jackson branded the behaviour of the Kettering fans "totally unacceptable" and said it had "left a very sour taste in the mouth".

"How could a fellow stood 10 yards behind me call my players monkeys and make monkey gestures?" Jackson told the club's official website. "I just hope something is done about it."

He added: "If I'd have said the same thing I would have been arrested by the police. They haven't got his name or address, nothing. How is that possible? What's worse is the stewards did absolutely nothing about it at the time and waited until after the game to discuss it.

"I made my thoughts clear to the referee after the game and he confirmed he would be including it in his report to the Football Association.

"We should be talking about how my players kept going under difficult circumstances and earned a vital replay with the chance of a local derby at Notts County in the next round.

"But we're not thanks to this one idiot who ruined my weekend."

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