Boro and FA unite over fan

10 December 2008 03:23
Middlesbrough and the Football Association have both condemned the decision not to hand a banning order to a Newcastle United fan who admitted racially abusing striker Mido. Barry Norman Hutchinson, 49, pleaded guilty to an offence of racist or obscene chanting under the Football Offences Act 1991 during the goalless draw between the two north-east rivals on November 29. He was fined £270 with £45 costs at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday, but escaped a banning order which would have prevented him attending football games across the country. "We are disappointed that a banning order has not been issued in this case," said a Boro spokesperson. "It makes it very difficult for football clubs to have a robust anti-racism policy without the support of the courts. "Despite this setback, we will continue to be vigilant and supportive of the police in tackling all discriminatory and anti-social behaviour. "The individual concerned will also be banned from the Riverside (Stadium)." An FA spokesman added: "The FA is disappointed that a football banning order was not imposed in this case. "It is important to send out a strong message that racist and discriminatory chanting is totally unacceptable, and that anyone found guilty will face serious consequences. "We welcome Middlesbrough FC's commitment to ban the individual convicted in this case."

Source: ESA