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Racism Charges For Club After Youth Match
Racist abuse charges have been brought against a football club by its local FA after a heated under-15s match ended in a pitch invasion.
Parents, players and coaches from Leicester Nirvana reported fans of Blaby and Whetstone FC, also in Leicestershire, for making monkey noises and gestures towards several youngsters and for racist comments.
It was alleged†Blaby and Whetstone supporters invaded the pitch threatening violence.
Leicestershire and Rutland County FA has now charged Blaby and Whetstone FC with failing to control its fans and for the supporters' alleged racist abuse of opposing players.
A player from the club has also been charged with making racist comments after the game and posting comments on Twitter that were offensive on grounds of faith.
In addition, the local FA has charged the match referee with failing to report disciplinary issues from the game.
Two players from Leicester Nirvana have also been charged with making comments on Facebook after the game. There was no racist element to those posts.
Kirk Master, the chairman of Leicester Nirvana FC, welcomed the charges and said that over the club's 30-year history it had suffered significant problems with racist abuse.
He told Sky News: "Racism exists. That's quite apparent. It exists at national level, at professional level and at grass roots level. We are victims of that abuse and have been in the past, and we've come to the view that enough is enough.
"Young people will not and do not have to accept that level of abuse."
Following the incident on October 21, campaigner Peter Herbert, of the Society of Black Lawyers, said: "Such humiliating scenes demonstrate the ugly repercussions that the Suarez and John Terry incidents have at a local level.
"The failure of the FA to hand out severe penalties clearly serves to encourage such behaviour."
John Terry, the Chelsea player, received a four-match ban and a £220,000 fine for his comments to Anton Ferdinand.
Luiz Suarez, the Liverpool player, was given an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine for racist abuse of the Manchester United player Patrice Evra.