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Zero tolerance on football racism

PUBLISHED: 14:36 17 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 March 2010

POLICE today issued a final warning for football fans who sing abusive or racist chants.

With the lead up to the last few matches to be played at Portman Road, Ipswich Police are warning they will not tolerate such behaviour from fans watching the games.

POLICE today issued a final warning for football fans who sing abusive or racist chants.

With the lead up to the last few matches to be played at Portman Road, Ipswich Police are warning they will not tolerate such behaviour from fans watching the games.

Superintendent Carl Puiy who oversees the policing of football in the town, said: "During recent home matches we have had complaints from spectators that some comments and chants being made by fans are inappropriate, abusive and at times offensive.

"We would like to remind spectators that we do not and will not tolerate any form of abuse be it racial or offensive in any other way.

"At the last home match against Nottingham Forrest a number of arrests were made - two of which were for inciting racial hatred.

"The details of the individuals concerned have been forwarded to Ipswich Town Football Club for appropriate action."

The news comes just a year after Town stars teamed up with schoolchildren to send out a stark message that racism will not be tolerated in football.

Jermaine Wright, Marcus Stewart, and Martijn Reuser took part in a Show Racism the Red Card presentation, giving youngsters awards for the best anti racism messages.

London-born Wright admitted he had been subjected to racial abuse as a youngster but said he had learned to stand up to it.

Ipswich hosted the event as part of the Football Against Racism in Europe initiative, which clubs from 15 countries took part in.

N What do you think? Is racism spoiling football? Write in to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk


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