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Ex-Newcastle Star Handed Prison Sentence For Racist Behaviour

6 years ago
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Ex-Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu has been handed a two and a half month prison sentence for racist behaviour, with the sentence suspended pending good behaviour.

The only reasons Emre didn’t go straight to jail was because it was the first time he’d appeared in court for racist offences, plus the belief of the court that Emre wouldn’t offend again.

The sentence was handed down for a racist slur he aimed at Trabzonspor midfielder Didier Zokora.

The court describing it as being an insult crime of ‘religious, ethnic, racist, sectarian or sexist discrimination.”

The crime took place during a match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce back in April 2012.

Zokora is an international teammate of Cheick Tiote and is currently in Brazil for the Wolrd Cup, so wasn’t in court to see justice done.

Emre of course was accused of racist behaviour a number of times while at St.James’ Park, including one particular headline grabbing incident in 2006 when Newcastle played Everton. Tim Howard, Joseph Yobo and Joleon Lescott accusing Emre of racial abuse but the FA not able to prove the charge.

Emre now has the distinction of being the first Turkish footballer to be sentenced for racism.

The midfielder made 58 appearances for Newcastle and is best remembered for his winner against Sunderland in a 3-2 victory in 2005.

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