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Middlesbrough FC issues statement over racist gesture conviction

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Middlesbrough FC has released a statement after long-time fan Ernest Goult was found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.

"Middlesbrough Football Club has never hesitated to take strong and decisive action with supporters who have been identified as participating in racist incidents, and will continue to do so. We adopt a zero tolerance policy towards racism and proactively encourage supporters to report incidents of unreasonable and offensive behaviour within the Riverside Stadium.

"We have worked closely with Cleveland Police and Blackburn Rovers on this case to provide as much supporting evidence as possible and will continue to do everything in our power to help bring offenders to justice.

"We will now seek to arrange a meeting with Mr Goult to review the case before deciding on further action."

– Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough fan found guilty of making racist gesture

A Middlesbrough fan has been found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Blackburn Rovers players at the Riverside in March last year.

Ernest Goult, 72, from Redcar, has been banned from attending football matches for three years. He had denied one count of racially-aggravated disorder and one of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Ernest Goult arriving at an earlier hearing Credit: PA

Three Blackburn Rovers players, Lee Williamson, Rudy Gestede and Markus Olsson, each told Teesside Magistrates' Court how a man in the crowd made the gestures at the end of a match, which had ended with a contentious goal.

Markus Olsson, Rudy Gestede and Lee Williamson arrive at Teesside Magistrates' Court Credit: PA

Lee Williamson told the court he saw a fan making "monkey gestures" towards him, which he found upsetting, taking it as a racist gesture.

Markus Olsson told the court, "It was like a monkey gesture and he wasn't trying to hide it. He was doing it towards a black person and it was obvious what it meant. I have seen it before.

"It is very offensive. It was clear what he did."

Ernest Goult claimed what he did was an "old Teesside gesture" meaning the performance was "the pits."

"Mr Gestede and I, our eyes met," he said. "I raised my left hand and went one-two, one-two.

"It means you're under the arm of the pit.

"I wasn't very happy.

"I just wanted to convey to them what an unsatisfactory point they'd earned.

"The fact that the three chaps happened to be black, it didn't register."

– Ernest Goult

When his solicitor asked him if he was racist, Mr Goult said, "not in the slightest."

As well as being banned from attending matches, Mr Gould has been fined £600 and ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.


Redcar UKIP Secretary in Stephen Lawrence row

Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in 1993 Credit: PA

Redcar and Cleveland's UKIP secretary Pamela Preedy is caught up in a racism row over remarks about Stephen Lawrence. Mr Lawrence was murdered in 1993 and his family have fought for justice ever since.

A conversation on a UK Independence Party internal forum around the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder last year, which Pamela Preedy took part in, has been uncovered.


"It is absolutely true that the image of Stephen Lawrence has been promoted to sainthood."

"In Monday's news, there was Cameron and other high politicos worshipping at the shrine of Saint Stephen as they stood before his picture for a minute's silence."

"His death is supposed to have changed Britain, revealing how we are all institutionally racist etc. Please give it a rest! I'm sure that Stephen was an ordinary boy with all the typical virtues and flaws of any teenage human being, not a saint in the making."

"I'm sure that his mother still grieves for him, but it's time she did it privately without setting him up as some kind of media icon. She risks losing any sympathy for her cause (getting the other three killers in jail presumably) and boring us all to tears."

"Poor Stephen; he didn't deserve his awful death and he doesn't deserve his name being endlessly touted around like this either."


Calls for racism fines to pay for anti-racism campaigning

Managers, players and ex-pros back call for racism fines to pay for anti-racism campaigning.

Names from across English football have endorsed calls from Show Racism The Red Card (SRtRC) for FA fines in racist cases to be given to anti-racism campaigns.

SRtRC has called for all fines in cases of racist abuse, for example the recent cases of John Terry and Luis Suarez, to be split 50-50 between its campaign and Kick It Out.**


This is a great idea - football is a very powerful vehicle for combating racism. It's the duty of everyone in the football family to help support the fight against racism in the game and society at large. The FA should definitely make this happen."

– Chris Powell, Charlton Manager

Those who have already backed the call include former-England manager Graham Taylor, Robbie Keane, former-England defender Sol Campbell, former-Sunderland player Kevin Ball, former-England and Liverpool legend John Barnes, former-Newcastle forward David Kelly and former-full back John Beresford.

CCTV appeal after racist abuse in Wallsend

Officers investigating a racial offence in North Tyneside have released a CCTV image of two men they want to speak to.

It happened on Sunday, October 21, when the men walked into a shop on High Street East in Wallsend and started to argue with the shopkeeper.

Police say the two men shouted racial abuse at the man before leaving.

CCTV image of the two men police want to speak to in relation to. Credit: Northumbria Police

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton of North Tyneside Area Command said: "We take all incidents of a racist nature extremely seriously.

"Extra high visibility patrols have been carried out in the local area and enquiries are ongoing to find those responsible."

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