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.
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.
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.
These are the kinds of penalties (no pun intended) that the FA should be dealing out!
Indeed but not just the FA, FIFA too!
Indeed, any sport governing body too!
Kick homophobia out of football.
I’m glad the referee had the courage to take this player to task
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.
Nice to see justice served. Too bad it happened in the first place.
Its worht reading more on this story:
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.