Newcastle United Punishment Too Soft For Nazi Salute?
With Shola the latest victim of online racial abuse which we covered earlier today, plus the mad goings on at the England Under 21s in Serbia, it is now Newcastle United getting criticism.
The day after the Tottenham match in August, a Newcastle fan was arrested on suspicion of racial and religious harassment, having been identified thanks to fellow Newcastle fans contacting the police and club.
After the police investigation, a 39 year old was cautioned for repeatedly giving a Nazi salute and for motioning with his hands as if turning on a tap, thought to be a reference to the gas chambers.
Anti racism group ‘Hope Not Hate’ though have called the Police caution and Newcastle United giving the offender a three match ban, ‘weak’, and asked them to reconsider.
‘Hope Not Hate’ sent a letter to both Derek Llambias and Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable saying;
‘We are particularly disappointed given the club’s strong and consistent anti-racist stance over many years. We would implore you to relook at this case and the decisions that led to the three-match ban and ensure stronger action gets taken in the future, both at a policing, Crown Prosecution Service and football level’.
Newcastle United responded with;
‘The club can confirm that a man was arrested and cautioned by the police for a racially aggravated Public Order offence at the NUFC v Spurs match and that he was immediately banned from attending the next three home Premier League matches. In reaching its decision to impose this ban, the club took into consideration a number of factors, both aggravating and mitigating, however it is not prepared to expand upon such factors in this case’.
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