Newcastle Fan Guilty Of Racist or Obscene Chanting

Barry Norman Hutchinson, 49, of Silver Lonnen, Fenham, Newcastle Upon Tyne,  has pleaded guilty to ‘an offense of racist or obscene chanting’ under the Football Offenses Act 1991, and has been fined £315, including fees of £45.

Mido – racial abuse chants directed at him during Newcastle game

However magistrates did not ban Hutchinson from attending football matches in the UK, as football officials had expected.

His son Andrew Barry Hutchinson, was also charged, but has denied his involvement, but it’s hardly a good example the father is setting.

A Middlesbrough spokesman said today:

“We are disappointed that a banning order has not been issued in this case.” “It makes it very difficult for football clubs to have a robust anti-racism policy without the support of the courts.”

“Despite this setback, we will continue to be vigilant and supportive of the police in tackling all discriminatory and anti-social behavior.” “The individual concerned will also be banned from the Riverside Stadium.”

An FA counterpart also commented on the sentence:

“The FA is disappointed that a football banning order was not imposed in this case.”

“It is important to send out a strong message that racist and discriminatory chanting is totally unacceptable, and that anyone found guilty will face serious consequences.”

Hutchinson is a Newcastle supporter and will now be banned from St. James’ Park, as the club issued the following condemnation of the chanting, following the game at The Riverside Stadium on November 29th.

“Newcastle United will not tolerate any form of racist behavior and will continue to work closely with the authorities and anti-racism organizations to rid sport and society of racism.”

“The Club condemns any form of racist chanting and any individual found guilty of such an offense will be banned from St. James’ Park.”

What do you think about this?

Let us know – comments welcome.

126 comments so far

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Deserves a Ban, Newcastle should not be associated with that kind of bs.

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #2

    the bloke been fined which has to be the end of it, he was probably drunk at the game and chanted things he shouldnt of, so we should just forget it IMO

  • Ian

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Glad they were caught, Mido is a good player when fit and I wouldnt say no to him coming to us on loan with Smith going the other way!!


    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #4

    stupid and bad chants! but could someone please explain to me how comparing an egyptian to a british muslim terrorist is deemed as a racist chant???

  • Rem

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Ryan –

    so being drunk is a good excuse??? even if he wasnt drunk he would have done the same

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #6


    he may not have done it if he was drunk but that is still no excuse i hope we dont have any more incedents like this dragging the name of our club even further through the mud


    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #7

    why they had to name the poor idiot’s name is beyond me. He will have to watch his back now

  • listie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #8

    A pair of idiots, glad they have been caught and fined, and glad they are banned from St James. Hopefully by naming and shaming they will be banned from other grounds aswell

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #9

    listie have they been banned from st james’

  • ditto

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    good on him i say!!!

  • Leo

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #11

    “The Club condemns any form of racist chanting and any individual found guilty of such an offense will be banned from St. James’ Park.”

    i think they missed something of the end of that statement…

    and will be taken round the back and given a good drubbing

  • VanToon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #12

    This fella should be ashamed of himself and his son. Quite how the magistrates failed to ban them, I don’t know.
    Football players are people, and as such deserve every respect. You can bet that if these two “football fans” had racial chants shouted at them by a bunch of Egyptian lads, then they’d be bloody upset about it.
    They are nothing more than ignorant hypocrites, and they should be made an example of.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #13

    for those who care, it’s Owen B-day in 4 days
    Owen bday= 14th December

    Portsmouth vs Newcastle = 14th December

    maybe a hat rick or two from the man!

    Geremi bday= 20th December

    Newcastle vs Spurs = 21st December

    maybe an excellent performance the day after his bday

    Owen can also reward us by signing a contract on his bday

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    ‘scape’ and ‘goat’ springs to mind!
    embarrassing on all sides!

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #15

    I think without knowing the actual chants it is hard to judge the incident.

    I certainly don’t think it was islamaphopic if the simply chanted “shoe bomber” because he does look like him.
    If on the other hand it was OTT stuff then a fine would stop it happening again.

    Maybe all the boro fans that shouted fat insults at viduka should be banned too..or better still just ban everyone and play behind closed doors.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #16


    in which case it would be stupid as they must have thought to them selves how will this be interpreted

  • ditto

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #17

    everyone has the right to their opinion…
    mido’s a bellend anyway.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #18

    pr job at nufc?

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 10, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #19


    how can you try and justify what these so called “fans” have done

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #20

    wear a big turban with eye holes next time you feel like a naughty chant coming on imo

  • Ganiyu

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Joe pls leave martins for 90 mins

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #22

    fans but just not of muslims.

  • iain

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #23

    racist or offensive chanting a bit unclear that charge isnt it.

    its hard to judge whether these lads are racist or just being nailed by the pc brigade over chants that have been aimed at mido for years and despite being in bad taste i would imagine hopefully are not racially motivated.

    its certainly not ismlamaphobia which is nothing more than a media invention to create headlines.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #24

    The clue is in the charge…’racist or OBSCENE chanting’…

    …Obviously they couldn’t prove ‘racist’!..

    …Therefore busted for ‘obscene’ chantin’!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Therefore not banned!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #26

    is Clakey off to huddersfield to learn his chops, or what?..

    …Maybe we’ll see him back at SJP one day soon?..

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    lets have a wip round and get mido some chocolates. what da ya all think?

  • chris_bey

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #28

    ha my bday the same as geremi’s 😛

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #29

    Or maybe a dummy?..

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #30

    like it skunky!

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #31

    butt plug?

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #32


  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #33

    camel shaped of course…

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    He’ll have ya’ up in court mate!..

  • AndyNUFC

    Dec 10, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Punk pointed it out before, it was for obscene chanting, and frankly, if you can’t have a bit of chanting at the matches which is funny/risky then it’s pathetic.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #36

    didn’t even know barry norman went to watch footy? thought he was just into films…

  • TJ

    Dec 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #37

    ive got no time for any of them after what happened in Mumbai

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Some of yous are complete morons.

    You trying to defend a guy calling someone a shoe bomber because of how he looks ????

    So its ok to claim someones capable of killing hundreds of people simply because of his race ? (the only thing that makes him look similar to Richard Reid)

    Im all for getting rid of the pansy overreactions in football…(kinnear getting done for calling ref mickey mouse for instance)

    But some of you dont know when its crossing the line do ya.

    Im sure if you got called a murderer everytime you went to work that would all be fun and games then to huh. Idiots.

  • doofa the loofa

    Dec 10, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #39

    jonny…take the dummy , you need it m8

  • reillers

    Dec 10, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #40

    English football culture has gotten this rotten, this ridiculous, that there’s an argument about this, there’s a debate.

    Racism is a terrible thing. But the culture is so that some of the things chanted at games aren’t racist but unbelievably crude and ugly. You’ve got Liverpool fans at Man U games shouting about Munich, you’ve got some Man U fans at Liverpool shouting about Hillsborough, there are so many examples, then you’ve got our fans shouting about Mido and justifying it, saying it’s not racism..blatant, rude abuse, which is ok, but not racism.
    Thank God I live in a different culture then that. It’s not like that here. If football fans are racist and badly behaved, look at the poelple who are earning fortunes, who are half to blame in the way in which they act. It’s not just the Premiership either, it’s Itlay who have a massive racism problem..etc.

    It’s football in Europe and now you’ve got this cancer in the Premiership, in England. And it’s just football as well.

    Like look at rugby. I don’t know how many of ye watch it, but the Munster rugby team, (Irish teams really) have this tradition of the fans going completley silent when penalties are being taken, a sign of respect, (but it’s s intimidating as hell as well.) Most fans now boo for it. They’ve done it for years. Never have they booed a team. And they played New Zealand there about 2 weeks back and there was media all over the place, and they were shocked, with the silence, with the respect that the kickers got, the Haka got. And now, it’s catching on, the silence when penalties and conversions are being taken.

    Like remember when English fans used to get on. The English football culture is a disgrace, and it’s been growing for years. People think it’s better now because there’s less hooliganism, but what people are doing in the stand is just as bad.

    There was a time when fans used to get on. Not a bother. Can you imagine back in the days of the Busby and Co. acting like some of the managers now. Not a chance.
    But the loyalty, true passion, respect, it’s pretty much all gone from English football now. Which is a sad thing really.


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