AFC Telford United have finally handed a ban to a fan who racially abused a Leyton Orient player during the two side’s cup meeting last March.
One of the National League North club’s supporters made various racists comments directed at an O’s footballer in an FA Trophy fixture.
Fast forward 19 months and he has since been served with his punishment, a football banning order and fined numerous times having pleaded guilty.
CLUB STATEMENT: A Telford man from Woodside has been given a football banning order after he made racist comments at an opposition player during our FA Trophy Semi-Final tie against @leytonorientfc.
— AFC Telford United (@telfordutd) November 16, 2020
AFC Telford United said in their website: “A man has been given a football banning order after he made racist comments at a football match.
“On Friday (13 November) Shaun Clare, 40 from Waverley, Woodside, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated public order after he made racist comments to a football player.
“The comments were directed towards a Leyton Orient football player when the team played AFC Telford United at the New Bucks Head in March 2019.
“Clare was given a three year football banning order and a £330 fine. He was also ordered to pay £135 to the CPS and a £33 victim surcharge.”
Detective Sergeant Andy Dawson said: “We’re pleased that Mr Clare has taken responsibility for his abhorrent actions and pleaded guilty to racially abusing a Leyton Orient player. His actions were not that of a genuine football fan and West Mercia Police has shown we will not tolerate such behaviour. I’d especially like to thank the fans of Telford United, who stood up to him at the time, and also assisted our investigation and helped bring him to justice. Racism has no place within our communities.”
“AFC Telford United would like to thank all those supporters who reported this individual to the club.
“This individual will also receive a lifetime ban from the New Bucks Head. Discrimination has no place in any area of society and these actions have absolutely no place at our football club or among our fan base.
“Anyone who behaves in this manner, whether it be at the stadium, or online will receive a similar consequence.”
It’s been a tough couple of years for footballers suffering this kind of abuse, happening a huge amount in the Premier League, English Football League and Non League as can be seen in this article.
Tottenham Hotspur have given their support to player Ryan Sessegnon after he shared vile racist abuse that he received online.
The 20-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, received the abusive messages on Monday night, shortly before the offending profile was quickly removed from Instagram.
He was left disgusted by what he had just seen, however said he is not surprised that it continues to take place and that the social media platforms aren’t doing more to prevent this from happening.
He wrote on Instagram: “Honestly unbelievable. The craziest thing is I’m not even surprised anymore. Disgusting.”
His parent club have since offered their support on Twitter.
“Everyone at the Club is with you, Ryan Sessegnon,” Tottenham’s official Twitter account said.
“We are proud of the rich ethnic diversity that exists across our communities, fans, staff, and players.
“We are driven by inclusion and equality for all, and nobody should have to endure such repulsive abuse.”
Troy Deeney recently revealed which vile insults are deemed NOT offensive by social media sites and accuses them of profiting from racism.
Watford captain Troy Deeney has accused social media companies of profiting from racist abuse on their platforms.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) October 24, 2020
The PFA recently commissioned a study that shows more than 3,000 explicitly abusive messages were sent to 44 high-profile current and former players during Project Restart.
Disappointingly, 56% of all the discriminatory abuse identified during the study was seen as racist.
The Watford player has now echoed Sterling in questioning whether there is a will from the big social media companies to take any action against the racism on their sites.
The duo have expressed their frustration with the lack of proactive action to stop the abuse on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other sites.
“Do these companies even want to change things? Do they want to stop the abuse?” Deeney wrote in his column in The Sun.
“If a high-profile black player such as Raheem Sterling is experiencing racial abuse, then everyone piles in and that drives traffic, which increases their advertising and profits.
“If I scroll down my Instagram replies, the tenth one down features a racist emoji – which is not unusual.
“So I follow the protocol, which is to block the user and report the message under the category of ‘hate speech and symbols.’ Then I am told that an emoji with a monkey and a banana is not considered racist.
“I’ve even reported being called a ‘black c***’ and been told that isn’t hate speech either. They need to change their algorithms to reflect what are obviously racist posts – but do they even want to?”
A spokesperson for Facebook has told Sky Sports News: “Facebook does not benefit from hate.
“Over the last few years, we’ve invested billions in safety, tripled the size of our safety and security team to 35,000, and built artificial intelligence technology to proactively find and remove this type of content.
“Discrimination is a societal problem, and we need collective action. We don’t want any form of discrimination on our apps and have recently partnered with Kick It Out on its Take A Stand campaign, where we announced a series of action-focused initiatives centred around reporting and education.
“We’ve also introduced technology to give people more control over their experience, including a setting for public figures to prevent people they don’t know from messaging them. To learn more about how you can take a stand, report discrimination, or access educational resources, add 07432140310 to your WhatsApp contacts and message ‘hi.’”
A spokesperson for Twitter has told Sky Sports News: “Racist behaviour has no place on Twitter and we strongly condemn it. We continue to take action on any account that violates the Twitter Rules.
“We welcome people to freely express themselves on our service. However, as outlined in our Hateful Conduct Policy, account holders cannot promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or other protected groups.
“We have proactively engaged and continue to collaborate with our valued partners in football to identify ways to tackle this issue collectively. We remain focused on proactively actioning hateful content – now, more than 1 in 2 Tweets are identified and removed without reports.
“We want to reiterate that abusive and hateful conduct has no place on our service and we will continue to take swift action on the minority that try to undermine the conversation for the majority. We will continue to play our part in curbing this unacceptable behaviour – both online and offline.”
Fans reacted after AFC Telford United ban a fan of theirs for what he did to the Leyton Orient player…
March 2019, that took 19 months to get to court. Justice isn’t very swift these days.
— Craig Stevens (@creag123) November 16, 2020
Disgracefull no place for it in football or anywhere else. Well done 👏
— Dawley Town FC (@DawleyTownFC) November 16, 2020
Well played AFC Telford and West Mercia Police.
— Stephen Harris (@harris1881) November 16, 2020
Absolutely right. Excellent work. 👍
— Alan Jenkins (@alanjenkins96) November 16, 2020
Well done Telford brilliant work
— Liam ⚫️⚪️ (@LiamNUFC98) November 16, 2020
— Neil Jarman (@jarmanic) November 16, 2020
Well done Telford.
— Steven (@Stevenorient) November 16, 2020
I unfortunately was stood right by this bell end as it happened. Very sad to say the was associated with the club although I’m 100% certain hes not a Telford supporter just some cowardly racist cunt thought hes come along for a big game
— David Bryn Jones (@DBrynJones) November 16, 2020
And then threw a burger at the dugouts. ‘Soz ard’
— David Bryn Jones (@DBrynJones) November 16, 2020