West Brom set precedent for other English clubs amid lifetime ban for racist fan
West Brom made an official announcement on Thursday stating that they have issued a lifetime ban for the man found guilty of racially abusing Romaine Sawyers.
The man, 50, was found guilty of an offence under the Communications Act, after his message on social media to Sawyers earlier this year during the Baggies’ game against Manchester City.
A spokesperson for the club said, “The club welcomes the guilty verdict and has issued a lifetime ban to the person in question.”
The way the club have dealt with this is exemplary and it does set a precedent for clubs all across the country on how to deal with such people who masquerade as fans.
Racism is one of the biggest evils in football and merely naming and shaming the perpetrators is not sufficient.
By issuing a lifetime ban, the Baggies have sent a message to anyone who ever considers committing such abhorring acts of malice in the future.
According to the BBC, it affected Sawyers’ mental health which led to him feeling “Harassed, alarmed and distressed”.
This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated and it is refreshing to see more players and fans coming together to eradicate racism, not just in football, but in society as a whole.
By taking the knee, one can only create awareness, but actions like these show that clubs are doing their bit, but should be doing more in their fight against all forms of prejudice.
We applaud the Baggies for this and we hope more clubs follow suit if something similar takes place at their games as well.
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