Sunday, December 23, 2012

An Australian Soccer-Fan banned for two years for racial abuse

Dec 23 (Reuters) - Football Federation Australia (FFA) have banned a spectator alleged to have racially abused a Wellington Phoenix player from attending A-League matches for two years, the governing body said on Sunday.

Paul Ifill, an English-born Barbados international, said he was abused by a spectator last Sunday during Wellington's match at Adelaide United.

"The man was found to have breached the FFA spectator code of behaviour," the FFA said in a statement.

"Adelaide United Football Club has simultaneously cancelled the club membership held by this person.

"The FFA ban includes any match in Australia conducted as part of the ... A-League." (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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