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Fernando Forestieri: Sheffield Wednesday forward charged with racist abuse

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Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri has been charged with using racist language in a pre-season friendly against Mansfield Town last summer by the Football Association.

In March the 29-year-old was acquitted at Mansfield Magistrates Court of racially abusing Stags player Krystian Pearce before a mass brawl.

The FA has now charged the Italian with "allegedly using abusive and/or insulting words including reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race".

Forestieri has until 14 June to respond to the charge.

The striker has already served a three-game ban for misconduct relating to the brawl in July 2018 at Field Mill. He was also fined £25,000.

Mansfield's Jacob Mellis also received a three-match suspension, while both clubs were fined following the melee.

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