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.
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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.”
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