Town Ban Racist Tweeter Tuesday, 28th Feb 2012 16:52
Town have banned a supporter from this season's remaining matches both home and away for racially abusing a Brighton fan on Twitter.
The 17-year-old made the comments on Saturday after the Bluesâ€™ 3-0 defeat to the Seagulls and was subsequently interviewed by both the club and the police.
Town chief executive Simon Clegg told the club site: "There seems to have been a recent resurgence of homophobic and racist issues within football and as a club we are absolutely committed to supporting the Football Association and Football League in helping to stamp these out.
"Football is a game of passion both on the field and off it but we will not hesitate to take action against any individual associated with this club who is involved in inappropriate behaviour.
"Ipswich Town fans have an excellent reputation at home and away and I'm determined that the good name of the majority is protected."
Shortly after the offensive Tweet was was made, the account was removed.
Acceptable punishment, call it a yellow card - do it again and no doubt banned for life a a more hefty involvement from the police. Doing this stuff on Twitter is no excuse, it's just another medium, and a cowardly one at that.
I think it's unfair to name him. Not condoning what he did at all, he's made an absolute tit of himself... and although it changes nothing, he's apologised heavily for his mistakes and you can tell that he's just dumb and didn't think before speaking.
Do you want his address as well, maybe a phone number?... I don't condone what he done or anyone else who went along with it but to put a 17 year old lad's name on here and title him as a racist is the wrong way to deal with this. This story should never of been published to the world. He's already received and accepted his punishment and that should be the end of that.
I don't think this is a naming and shaming issue as the information is (was) in the public domain from his Twitter account. I'm reasonably sure that there is no relevant protection for minors in the Twitter terms and conditions.