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.

Bearsize 5pts

Ashley will simply add another 50 million onto the debt and get us promoted. yawn. Mike u have destroyed this club. When will it end?

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

Last time we had a core of players with ability who wanted to stay and put right a wrong. That will just not happen with this lot

magpiefifer 5pts

Relegation wouldn't be good for the fans or NUFC,but it would be just desserts for Ashley to lose out on the mega TV money.We wouldn't bounce back either - barring a miracle.The squad would be decimated - in some ways deservedly,but we'd lose any quality players we have.

Who'd want to be a Toon supporter!? Of course we are used to the rollercoaster - but still get hammered by media pundits for being unrealistic and deluded!!!!

toon tony
toon tony 5pts

If the FCB didn't learn anything the last time we went down, he surely wouldn't this time round.

Stephen Walton
Stephen Walton 5pts

Relegation would be a disaster we wouldn't come straight back this time.

killyted 5pts

some good postings on here of late.How is it that we can see what is wrong at the club but the so-called management// pros at the club cant.IMHO going down to the championship would not be a goog idea,its harder to get out of that league than lastime plus no Chis Hughton,Nolan, Barton to add back bone to the team,in fact bring Nolan and barton back.

Grrrbby 5pts

And certainly McClaren needs more time. He is trying to undo 5 years of absolute shambles. Most of the players are drained of confidence and are so used to losing. I have seen enough in some of the games to suggest he will turn us around.

Grrrbby 5pts

What a stupid article. Relegation is never a good thing and certainly not something to wish for. I think there will be a different strategy in terms of recruitment from January. I am expecting some British players to be brought in and some of the deadwood moved on (Sissoko, Gouffran, Obertan, Cisse)

geordieladdo 5pts

@Grrrbby are you? based on what?

I've seen absolutely no evidence of a shift to buying british players or anyone even saying that from the club.

You'd think we'd have done that preseason if they thought we needed to add backbone to the team of french fancies.

They are blinded by getting 'the right deal' at 'the right price' and that is it!

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

@geordieladdo @Grrrbby The rumour mill says that McClaren wants a proven Premier League core however the football board will not budge on cheap foreign imports. 

Brownale69 5pts

and who would you have as a manager? the whole setup is rotten, need to start at the top and GET out of our club msg to Cashley needs to be heard.

GToon 5pts

Brendan Rodgers. Get us playing like Swansea. Keep the ball. No reliance on star players, just a system that seems to work well.

LeazesEnder 5pts

How many times have we read that very same headline 'relegation would be good'.... that's what is wrong.... the only way to shake stupid selfish owners is the kick up the backside relegation brings!

In theory the club gets the TV money not the owner.... but ashley seems to be squirreling huge amounts away invisibly via free advertising(not taxable) not to mention that mysterious sum of £29 million on the books which simply said increased overheads.  The club denied its own income streams.

Relegation has always been the way out for successive regimes during my lifetime, the yo-yo club aiming for second division silverware.  Unfortunately we will be relegated as the winter decline sets in again we will be totally stranded come the new year.... I'm not normally one for daft predictions, but the problems are still there, . I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air...

geordieladdo 5pts

As predictable as saying you'll always find a professional drinker in a weatherspoon's at 9am on a weekday...

Was waiting for the 'Relegation might be a good thing' comment....

It won't be a good thing. Last time we had a decent bunch of british battlers to help us get back out of the Championship - can you see Sissoko / Gouffran / Anita / Thauvin / Colo (now)  fighting their way out of that one?

You could pretty much guarantee to lose likes of Mitrovic / Wjinaldum / Mbemba / Janmaat / Krul / Perez and likely others too...

then what? For every one of Carr's 'gems' there are 2/3 awful signings. Blokes living off the signing of Cabaye and not much more...

We cannot buy players fit to 'battle' in the premiership, we sure as hell wont find any strong enough to get us back up!

Let's just pray that we can somehow manage to scrape staying up and then hope for the best, as quite frankly - it's all we've got HOPE!

ncncnc 5pts

id prefer to lose the players who dont want to be here, add to what we did in the summer and press on.

relegation is never something to look forward to. we were lucky the last time that everything fell into place - it may not again.

you werent here to remember year after year of pogo between the leagues in the 70s and 80s - its not what we need or want.

we may go down and just bring in even worse players from the continent with less pride but who are cheaper. then what?