Emre happy with outcome

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Newcastle midfielder Emre has expressed delight at being cleared of allegations of racial abuse.

The Turkey international appeared before a Football Association commission having been charged with using racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words during the defeat at Everton on 30th December.

The charge was 'judged to be not proved' by the FA commission and Emre has expressed delight at having had his name cleared.

"I am very pleased to be found not guilty," he said. "I am not a racist and I condemn racism.

"I am very happy to receive a fair hearing and I hope that I can now resume my career free of the pressure of some of the reports that have been published about me.

"I now want to get on with my career and I am very grateful for all the support I have had from everybody at the club and those people close to me."

Emre was joined at the hearing by Freddy Shepherd and the Newcastle chairman was happy with the outcome.

He told the club's official website: "The FA gave Emre a very fair hearing and we are very pleased with the outcome.

"I am very proud of the fact that Newcastle United as a football club has always been a strong champion of the efforts to rid sport and society of racism, and we will continue to maintain our long tradition of supporting anti-racism initiatives."