The Sheffield United Women’s player Sophie Jones has left the club after being given a five-match ban for racially abusing an opponent during the Championship match against Tottenham.
Jones had denied the charges and maintained her innocence throughout. However, following a four-week investigation the FA ruled that she had broken Rule E1 – using abusive and/or insulting words – and that her behaviour constituted an “aggravated breach” of FA Rule E3 , as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
Jones was found guilty of the charge at a hearing yesterday (19 March).
Sheffield United confirmed that Jones, who was also fined £200 and ordered to attend a Football Association Inclusion and Diversity Workshop, was “disappointed with the FA’s decision”.
In a statement released by Sheffield United they said:
The Club works closely with the EFL, the FA and Kick it Out and would like to reiterate that it does not condone racism or any form of discrimination.