CWMBRAN Town have accused the FA of Wales of sweeping their complaint at racist abuse aimed at assistant manager Sean Wharton under the carpet, writes Michael Gannon.

Wharton was subject to abuse at a Welsh Premier League match five weeks ago at Bangor City when a home supporter made monkey gestures which resulted in the fan being banned until the end of the season and a letter of apology being sent to Cwmbran and Wharton from the fan involved.

"The supporter identified has been banned until the rest of the season from the date of the letter, which in effect, is only two games," said Ian Greaney, Cwmbran secretary.

"The letter which was sent to Sean also does not go far enough because the real issue here is to raise awareness of racism in Welsh football.

"Sean and ourselves feel that this does not go far enough and we are getting the feeling that the FAW just want to pacify Cwmbran as painlessly as possible and sweep the case under the carpet."

He added: "We want to see a clear message of intent from the FAW that racism will not be tolerated and with S4C television, a weekly newsletter, websites and other avenues of exposure, it would not take much to raise that awareness.

"The fan should be named and shamed on the Bangor website and also banned for an entire season as well. It wouldn't take much for clubs to put adverts in the programmes and posters at their grounds that show they support schemes designed to stamp out racism."

John Deacon, secretary of the Welsh Premier League, was unavailable for comment yesterday but Cwmbran have been assured that their response to Bangor's decision will be brought up at a FAW councillors meeting today.

"We will have to wait and see what comes of the meeting," Greaney added. "But we would like the FAW to be more proactive in their approach to racism rather than to pay it lip service, which is looking like the case."