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Amateur footballer banned from matches after threatening gay referee

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  1. Taking away something that means something to him is often an effective penalty and a means of sending a strong message that threatening behaviour (whether or not homophobic) is unacceptable.

    1. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2012, 11:52am

      Indeed and I would like to see this action on a wider scale. From amateur football through to professional.

      We need to see homophobia within the sport being dealt with and more acts of banning the worst to send a message that hatred is not acceptable.

  2. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2012, 11:50am

    What an appalling person. To show such hatred, such vile behaviour is disgusting.

    It’s good to see such action taken against him but I would like to see more in football being done to tackle the massive problem of homophobia within the sport.

  3. These are the kinds of penalties (no pun intended) that the FA should be dealing out!

    1. Jock S. Trap 2 Jul 2012, 2:36pm

      Indeed but not just the FA, FIFA too!

      1. Indeed, any sport governing body too!

  4. GingerlyColors 2 Jul 2012, 12:16pm

    Kick homophobia out of football.

  5. I’m glad the referee had the courage to take this player to task

  6. He got the very minimum that he deserved. How can he believe that not knowing that the referee actually was gay would be an acceptable defence? Perhaps he meant that had he known the ref was gay, he wouldn’t have said those things, he’d have just punched him instead. The game is much better off without people like Ahmetovic.

  7. Nice to see justice served. Too bad it happened in the first place.

  8. Its worht reading more on this story:

    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Amateur-footballer-banned-matches-threatening/story-16474807-detail/story.html

    Its not clear what action the FA have actually taken themselves (other than supporting a criminal prosecution). The action taken against the individual has been by the police and CPS.

    It is good to see the perpetrator held to account and the courts using penalties that will have a meaningful impact on the offender (ban from football matches etc in this case). It would however, have been good to have had a comment (at the very least) from the Derbyshire FA in relation to this matter.

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