FA charges football team with misconduct for walking off pitch in face of racist abuse

A soccer team that was racially insulted by a fan was charged with misconduct by the FA – after players left the pitch.

Gillingham Town players left for an away match at Bridport on 9 October.

They left the field after one of their players, Eboni McCann, was racially insulted.

The incident was reported to police and the Bridport supporter who made the comment was banned from the St. Mary club grounds for life.

But the FA have decided to charge Gillingham Town with wrongdoing for “removing itself from the field and unwilling to continue the game”.

Gillingham’s club secretary Paul Hill said the decision was lacking common sense.

He told Bridport Nub News: “We were basically charged with supporting a player – a young player – who was being racially abused.”

The club is now threatened with a fine of up to 150 euros.

A Dorset FA spokesman said: “The case has been referred to the football association and they are looking into it.”

The FA said it was “firm” against all forms of prejudice and urged those affected by the alleged incident to report it “through the appropriate channels”.

“We will always take the toughest measures against those who have proven discriminatory in football and we will continue to do our utmost to challenge these behaviors in our game,” the spokesman said.

Following the incident, Adrian Scadding, chairman of Bridport Football Club said that racist behavior will not be tolerated, adding: “On behalf of the club, I would like to sincerely apologize to the player, everyone associated with Gillingham Town FC. the match officials and anyone who has attended the match for injury or suffering caused by someone’s actions. “

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