No evidence of racism by England fans in San Marino, says FA

• Reports had claimed Ferdinand brothers were targets of abuse
• Fifa is given negative report despite 'bonfire' chants

The Football Association has written to Fifa to say it has found no evidence of racist chanting by England fans directed at the Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during last month's World Cup qualifier against San Marino but did not dispute that it had taken place.

The Football Against Racism in Europe group submitted an official complaint to Fifa over chants from England fans that included "build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put Rio on the top, put Anton in the middle, then burn the fucking lot", which it highlighted as the most offensive.

Club England's managing director, Adrian Bevington, said the FA was not disputing that the chanting – reported by several journalists who were present – took place but that it had not been able to identify any of the culprits.

"We've been asked to supply our submission to Fifa by Tuesday, which we will do," said Bevington. "We have gone through all of the video evidence that our security team recorded on the evening of the game. I do want to make clear that, while the journalists who have reported this have done so in good faith, they clearly have heard some chanting of a particular nature and we're not disputing that, but we haven't been able to identify any of that from the recorded evidence that we've gone through."

Ferdinand was vilified by some sections of the England support after withdrawing from Roy Hodgson's squad because the schedule was not compatible with his pre-planned fitness regime, before flying to Qatar to work as a pundit for Al Jazeera. Fifa will decide whether to take action against the FA after reviewing its letter and any other evidence.

"Both Fare and members of the media have a duty to report such matters and we fully support them in their right to do so," said Bevington. "I want to be clear I am not calling into question the integrity of any journalist who reported what they had heard in good faith. We have to ensure an environment exists where anyone is able to report their concerns to us, be those players, supporters or the media."

In the wake of the furore the FA said it recognised it must "continue to address any issues that arise involving our own supporters in the same manner we expect other nations to do so."

"We will continue to take every possible measure to ensure our supporters conduct themselves appropriately, as most have over the past decade," said Bevington after the original reports.

"However, we will not accept any racist chanting and we also call on those attending England matches at home and abroad to stop the 'No Surrender' chanting during the singing of the national anthem, both before and during games. We have made significant progress following the hooliganism that blighted the national team in 1998 and 2000. We must continue to maintain this hard work."

Ferdinand said on his Twitter account in the wake of the incident: "You expect+accept banter from fans on the terraces as its part of what makes the game great,but racism is not banter,& from ya own fans. WOW" He added: "Always a small minority who ruin it for others. Let's not jump to conclusions + assume though as it might just have been banter. We'll see after the investigation."

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