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Fans support FA over charge.

Byline: Andrew Pain

Boro supporters have praised the Football Association for taking action against a player who blasted a ball at them.

Supporters in the East Stand of the Riverside Stadium accused Portsmouth striker Lomana Lua Lua of viciously kicking a ball at them, then making an obscene hand gesture and dropping his shorts during the 1-1 draw on October 24.

Lua Lua, who played 69 minutes of the game before being substituted, has been charged with abusive behaviour by the FA and has until December 22 to respond.

Fly Me To The Moon editor Rob Nichols said: "It was a bizarre incident and not something you want to see on a football pitch or anywhere else for that matter.

"It's good to see that it has been dealt with quickly because in the past things like this have taken months.

"The referee could have acted when he blasted the ball into the crowd but he didn't and then you got the afters."

Middlesbrough FC spokesman Dave Allan said: "We assisted the police wherever we could to allow them to investigate the incident fully."

The allegations were initially investigated by Cleveland Police but criminal charges will not be pursued.

Superintendent Steve Ashman, of Middlesbrough Police, said: "It was not felt appropriate to pursue criminal charges against Mr Lua Lua but we forwarded the dossier to the FA with the recommendation they take action against his alleged behaviour on the pitch."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2004
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