Racist fans face lifelong ban18 March 2004

Dundee have promised to impose lifelong bans on two fans involved in racial abuse during their Scottish Premier League match against Celtic at Dens Park. The pair were questioned by police after being notified by fellow supporters. They are accused of directing a tirade of racist abuse towards Celtic’s Guinea defender, Bobo Balde.

A Dundee Spokesman said, “We applaud the actions of the supporters. We will let the police investigation take its course but, if it is the case that the fans have racially abused a player at Dens Park, then they will be banned for life.”

“Anti-racism is part of the culture at Dens Park now. There is no place for racism in football and clubs have to take firm action to stamp it out. The vast majority of fans are absolutely fantastic. The most refreshing thing is that our supporters were prepared to take action themselves.”

The UEFA/FARE 10-point-plan stipulates that fans should not participate in racist abuse and that clubs should develop a strategy for stewards and police to deal with it. Fans are encouraged to inform stewards and the police when they encounter racist abuse from other fans.