The problem of racism in football may have improved but clearly there are still problems.

A Newcastle player was subjected to monkey taunts by a rival fan last month but the offender was arrested and has now been found guilty, receiving both a fine and a banning order.

The incident happened at the Liberty Stadium at the start of December and the Swansea fan reacted to a challenge by an unnamed Newcastle player by making monkey gestures with his arms and body.

racism in footballA steward spotted the gestures and to his/her credit challenged the numbskull and alerted police.

The fan, 25 year old Thomas Evans, was also found guilty of possessing cannabis and when it came to giving mitigating factors in his defence, they were almost more pathetic than his monkey gestures.

Evans claimed that he found the drugs on the ground outside the stadium and that the monkey gestures ‘came into his head because he’d seen them on television’.

The final part of his ‘defence’ came when he admitted to being a seven on a scale of one to ten for drunkenness after drinking Strongbow cider for six hours before kick-off with his mother!

As well as the banning order and £65 fine, the guilty party also revealed that now his mother wasn’t speaking to him due to the incident.

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1957
1957

An interesting comment from a man who made a minimal investment in the club when he was part of the takeover and with family and fellow board members went on to make Wonga type profits through salary, dividends, dubious rental agreements and the sale of the club. Any hedge fund would have been proud to make as much money from an investment as Freddie.

Maybe he is positioning himself to take over Charnley's job when Lee hopefully goes down with 'Geordie' John.

What a dream team Mike and Freddie, things could get worse.

Adam_B
Adam_B

The problem with people saying "everything will be all right, don't worry" is that MA did not take over NUFC yesterday. It is 8 (I think) years when we have been relegated and asset-stripped, and MA has been dragged before courts and MPs and found wanting. And people like FS seem to ignore this and pretend the world starts from here and that everything in the past is irrelevant. Well, it is not. That stuff happened. The stadium renaming, the Keegan constructive dismissal, the 5 derby defeats, losses to weaker teams in the cup. And these people have the brass neck to say - oh, forget that, summer will bring in the "new caring, sharing Mike Ashley". So maybe there are some gullible NUFC fans, but THAT gullible? Do us all a favour FS and the MA apologists and propaganda machine, leap into the Tyne and swim to Norway......

ilullissat
ilullissat

@Adam_B The fans have ALWAYS supported the team .Per Capita we are probably the best supported team in Europe considering the amount of things we haven't won.Of course today's events are a culmination of the way the club has been run.Be honest,apart a fantastic blip,that was the Keegan era,it hasn't been pretty.Some might even say that we are too well supported and that can sometimes be a hindrance.

Wingpaddock
Wingpaddock

Dispatches -8pm Monday 27th April – Channel 4.
The Secrets of Sports Direct

About this programme

Dispatches goes undercover to investigate the secrets of the sports retailer’s success. Reporter Harry Wallop explores the hidden cost of the clothes, shoes and discount gear that have helped Sports Direct buck the trend on the high street, making billions for its elusive owner Mike Ashley, one of Britain’s richest men.

LeazesEnder
LeazesEnder

@Wingpaddock There probably wont be anything 'illegal' ..... just purely exploitative of people and laws..... immoral.


I've already seen the expo that BBC Newcastle did on him with Mark Tulip I think it was, where the '70% Off labels' are attached in the 'factory' at source.  Further reading concludes that his 'success in the high street and internet markets are down to distribution, 20,000 zero hours workers and a management benefit scheme that keeps everything driven.


I'd be very surprised if they find 5 year old kids making umbrellas for him in Kuala Lumpur. And having said that, virtually the whole or the clothing production of the high street is manufactured in the east.... have a look at some of the labels on your clothes.


There are a group of wealthy individuals who's influence is so great that even if they are cornered for tax avoidance they can buy their way out of prison, look at Bernie Ecclestone's as he limbo danced beneath the legal bar!


He's running our club on his business plan.... its not illegal..... just plain horrible.



Andgeo
Andgeo

Bollocks! If we don't go down this season it will be next.

DavidDrape
DavidDrape

can't believe this freddie. 2 types of people in this world freddie - people who give and people who take. i am ashamed to say you originate form biker. don't try telling us now what to do. you left us in this mess. are you the same person who had storage place down the naval yard but were charging nufc 6 times the going rate for storage?

RexN
RexN

Shepherd made tens of millions out of Ashley. He can afford to pay good money to watch a load of s**t.

Deltic13
Deltic13

Can fat Freddie remember this? the pair visited Spanish brothels, described the team's star player Alan Shearer as Mary Poppins, laughed at fans for paying large sums for the club's shirts and labelled the city's women "dogs"? SHUT YA GOB FATTY!

Bornunderabigbluestar
Bornunderabigbluestar

Ashley will protect his asset, he has cleared the club out to either sell it or more likely to give a new manager a tempting "little" kitty to start off a new team with. They took the hardnose business decision to end the season in january (again) and not spend to purely appease the fans, but you can't do that without discontent in the entertainment industry. Its going to be a rough end to the season, I think the propaganda has started with Freddy saying everything will alright, lets wait and see

PeterRobson
PeterRobson

And what exactly does Fat Freddy base his assumptions on ??

foggy
foggy

@PeterRobson  Probably after a phone call from carver.

"please Freddie say something nice"