Kevin Phillips: West Brom have made brilliant statement by handing racist supporter lifetime ban
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West Brom have made a brilliant decision handing the fan found guilty of racially abusing Roman Sawyers a lifetime ban, insists Kevin Phillips.
The club announced on Thursday afternoon that a 50-year-old male has been found guilty of an offence under the Communications Act following the conclusion of a trial at Walsall Magistrates’ Court.
The Baggies had suspended the individual after he posted a grossly offensive message on social media in January 2021 after a Premier League fixture against Manchester City, and have now issued a lifetime ban to the man upon his conviction.
Phillips is more than pleased with the decision, believing it sends the perfect message out to others.
Speaking exclusively to West Brom News, Phillips said: “For me, that’s the only message you can send. Issuing lifetime bans, none of these two month or three months bans. That doesn’t fix the problem.
“You can’t stop people on social media and until that happens there will always be the problem. I think it’s brilliant from West Brom, they have actually made a brilliant statement and said we don’t need your money, we don’t need you at our football club.
“Lifetime ban, see you later. It also opens up the chance for someone else to go to The Hawthorns and get that ticket and be responsible. It’s great from West Brom.”
Handing lifetime bans to supporters found guilty of racism is way to go, and it is becoming very clear there is no longer an escape hiding behind a keyboard to commit such an offence.
West Brom have made a bold move and made their stance on racism very clear, and other clubs in the Football League and Premier League should not hesitate to follow suit.
The judgment took eight months, but justice got served in the end, and that is all that matters.
There is no place for racism in the game, and the Baggies have made everyone associated with their beautiful club very proud.
The fan in question will never get to watch his beloved team at The Hawthorns again, and hopefully, he gets to learn his lesson and changes for good.
This does not suddenly end racism, but it sends a clear message out, and other footballing bodies and clubs have to learn from West Brom when dealing with this ugly menace.
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