The FA have confirmed they are looking into allegations that Darren Deadman aimed an obscene gesture at Southend supporters.
Deadman has been accused by Shrimpers fans of raising two fingers in their direction while appearing to rub the back of his head during Southend's goalless draw at Fleetwood in League Two on Saturday.
The alleged incident at the Highbury Stadium came midway through the first half while the match official was standing over striker Britt Assombalonga as he received treatment from the club's physio.
The FA have confirmed to Press Association Sport they are making inquiries as they investigate the matter further.
Lancashire Police have stated they were made aware of the incident but insist it is not a police matter, with Southend also leaving it in the hands of the authorities.
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what do you think?
These allegations are getting petty
What happens if the ref puts in a complaint about the foul and abusive language aimed at him by the crowd , are we going to see them all arrested , this is political correctness gone mad