Show Racism the Red Card Ireland welcome outcome of FA racism investigation

Luis Suárez has received an eight match ban and a £40,000 fine.He has been found guilty of misconduct, with the ruling taking into account that the “insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour”.Show Racism the Red Card welcomes this outcome.Garrett Mullan of Show Racism the Red Card says: “Show Racism the Red Card welcomes the FA’s decision to impose an eight-game ban and £40,000 fine on Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra. The decision demonstrates that the issue has been taken seriously, and sends out a clear message that racism has no place in football”.PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor added: “Some things are bigger than clubs, players and even the game itself. Racism is one of them.” TerryMeanwhile, John Terry to be charged with a racially aggravated public order offenceMr Terry is alleged to have used racist language towards the Queens Park Rangers player during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road on 23 October.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Mr Terry was accused of a racially aggravated public order offence.  The 31-year-old vowed to clear his name and said he was “disappointed”.John Terry is due before West London Magistrates’ Court on 1 February.On this case, Garrett Mullan, Co-ordinator for Show Racism the Red Card: “Coming on the back on the FA’s decision in the Suarez/Evra case, this is a refreshing indicator that the authorities are taking allegations of racism very seriously. It mirrors responses taken by the FAI in recent years where people have been subject to accountability for racism within the sport.  The response of the FA and Police in the UK will encourage people to be more likely to report incidents of racism.  In regard to its relevance in Ireland, we advocate change in our legislation as currently we do not have racially aggravating offence legislation”.For further comment, please contact Garrett Mullan at 086 3927650

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