Mariners take action as supporter admits racial abuse
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Marine have confirmed they have taken disciplinary action against a supporter after allegations of racial abuse in their game against Rushall Olympic in August.
The Mariners acted swiftly and set up an investigation into the incident within days of the alleged abuse being reported to their committee.
The club have announced that the perpetrator came forward and discussed the incident with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club’s chairman Paul Leary.
Following that meeting an apology was made to both clubs and a letter of admission was drawn up.
The supporter, a full member of Marine AFC, has had his membership rescinded permanently and has been handed a stadium ban until the end of the 2016/17 season, although any repeat offence would see a lifetime ban imposed.
The Mariners have also asked that the supporter attends an educational and rehabilitation session with Kick It Out, asking that they provide confirmation of their attendance before 31st March 2017.
A statement released on the Marine website confirmed the actions taken.
It read: “Further to the incident that took place at home against Rushall Olympic on 20th August 2016 and the club statement dated 24th August the club has now concluded its investigation into the matter.
A Marine full member voluntarily requested and attended a private meeting with club Chairman Paul Leary following the statement, and sent letters of admission and apology to the Chairmen of Marine and Rushall Olympic.
The club obtained information from the “Kick It Out” organisation and took the following decision at a management meeting held on 12th September 2016.
The individual’s full membership of Marine FC is rescinded permanently, he is banned from entering the stadium until the end of the current 2016/17 football season and he has to provide confirmation that he has attended a Kick It Out educational and rehabilitation session before the 31st March 2017.
In the event that he has not completed the educational and rehabilitation session by this date the ban from entering the stadium will be for life.
He has also been further advised that if there is a repeat incident of a similar nature by him following re-attending of games from the start of season 2017/18 a lifetime stadium ban will be automatically imposed.
The Committee have also decided that the individual’s name will not be disclosed.”