Emre awaits FA decision on racism hearing date

February 17, 2007

Newcastle have revealed that Emre is waiting for a date to be set for a Football Association personal hearing where he will defend himself against a racism charge.

Emre denies a charge of using racially-aggravated language during Newcastle's 3-0 defeat at Everton on December 30.

He became involved in heated exchanges with Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott and Joseph Yobo at Goodison Park after his side had been awarded a penalty.

The FA are also looking into claims, made in a newspaper report, that the 26-year-old Turkey international racially abused Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf during his side's 2-1 Barclays Premiership defeat at St James' Park on October 15.

Emre's agent, Ahmet Bulut, has insisted those allegations are untrue. The FA have confirmed they will contact Diouf to offer him the chance to make a statement on the matter.

A statement on Newcastle's official website, this afternoon read: 'Emre is still awaiting a date for his personal hearing where he intends to deny the charges brought against him and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this stage.

'We have not received any communication regarding any other allegations.'