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Bradford ready to take action against fan over 'racism'

Bradford chairman Mark Lawn says the fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Reading winger Garath McCleary faces a lifetime club ban.

McCleary made the complaint just before half-time, at which point a supporter was arrested and ejected from the ground by police.

Mark Lawn will sanction the fan. Credit: PA

"I heard about that and when we find out who it was we will take action," Lawn told Press Association Sport.

"I understand the police are prosecuting so we can't do anything at this stage, but if that person is found guilty we will take action.

"There is no place for that in the game, it is unacceptable.

"I would think we're looking at a lifetime ban if he's found guilty but that decision can only be made after consultation with the club's board."

FA to speak to clubs regarding Reading pitch invasion

An individual invaded the pitch during the game. Credit: PA

The Football Association will contact Reading and Bradford to seek their observations following the pitch invasion after Monday's FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Madejski Stadium, Press Association Sport understands.

Reading fans ran onto the pitch after the final whistle in their 3-0 win over the Bantams which secured an FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal at Wembley.

A supporter also invaded the playing surface during the game and the FA will speak to both clubs to collect their views.

Reading report 'racist' abuse during FA Cup game

Garath McCleary played a key role in the match. Credit: PA

Garath McCleary was the target of alleged racist abuse during his side's 3-0 win over Bradford.

The winger reported an incident to the assistant referee after he'd gone to collect the ball to take a corner just before half-time.

Reading confirmed they had reported the matter to the police. who confirmed a man gad been arrested.

An incident was reported to the match officials just before half time, who in turn told Reading staff. A man was then arrested and ejected during the half-time interval.

– Reading statement

Bradford boss wants FA Cup Wembley return

Reaching an FA Cup semi-final will be a bigger achievement than making it to the League Cup final, according to Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson.

The Bantams take on Reading for a place in the final four, which could see Parkinson and his men return to Wembley, having made it to the League Cup final in 2013.

Phil Parkinson is eyeing Wembley again. Credit: PA

"The FA Cup is obviously a level above the Capital One Cup. If we can do it this time it will be the first time since 1911 and this group of players will be remembered.

"This is what being involved in football is all about, and the big teams from the Premier League will be casting very envious eyes on ourselves and Reading playing in an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday."


Bradford City shock Sunderland to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

After beating Chelsea in the fourth round, Bradford have done it again in the fifth, beating Premier League side Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade to progress to the FA Cup last eight. The match was not televised live, to the dismay of many supporters.

Giant-killers Bradford take early lead against Sunderland

Bradford are at it again, taking a 1-0 lead over Premier League opponents Sunderland at Valley Parade, with only three minutes on the clock. Billy Clarke appeared to be the scorer, but Black Cats defender John O'Shea might yet be credited with an own goal.

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