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UK: Everton bans fan from matches indefinitely over homophobic, racist tweets

Nick Duffy June 22, 2014

Everton Football Club has banned a fan from attending its matches indefinitely, over a series of homophobic and racist tweets.

According to the Metro, the club moved to ban the unnamed man – who runs the now-deactivated WhereAreYaEFC Twitter account, after he posted a series of messages about prominent Malaysian fan Ric Wee.

A letter from Dave Lewis, the club’s Head of Security and Stadium Safety, reads: “I have viewed and have copies of Tweets, now taken down, that are homophobic and racist in their content.

“They specifically appear to target Ric Wee but regardless of whom the intended target is such comments are offensive and abhorrent.

“The particular comments I refer to are as follows:
Ric is a nonce
Fat cockeyed nip
Fuckoff ya slanty eyed fags
I hope the plane does a MH370
shut up Ric you daft tiddly wink

“Everton Football Club does not welcome those who display such homophobic and racist views and to that end the decision has been made to ban you from attending all Everton FC matches until further notice.

“In accordance with our normal practice this ban may be reviewed annually in the event that you submit a written request after 20 June 2015.”

This week, FIFA started disciplinary proceedings against Brazil and Mexico, after the teams’ fans used homophobic slurs at World Cup matches.

Former Everton player Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in January this year.

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