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Duncan Ferguson is unlikely to face an FA charge over allegations he racially abused Luis Boa Morte in last month’s Goodison encounter with Fulham.

The Everton striker was interviewed at Bellefield yesterday by FA officials investigating the Portuguese international’s accusations.

Boa Morte claimed Ferguson called him a “black ****” during the 1-1 FA Cup draw on January 25.

But despite subsequent insistence other Fulham players heard the abuse there is unlikely to be any action taken against Ferguson due to a lack of evidence.

Boa Morte’s accusations arrived four days after the cup draw and through a national newspaper rather than in a complaint to the FA. That was lodged by Fulham after the cup replay a week later.

In a statement last night the FA confirmed: “Our investigations into these allegations are still ongoing.” It is expected Ferguson will be cleared next week.