1. ITV Report

Sheffield United forward Sophie Jones sacked for racial abuse

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.

Credit: Sheffield United

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 [2], 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.

"Following dialogue between the Club and Jones, and taking into account the length of the suspension, it has been decided that her contract, which was due for review in the summer, will be terminated by mutual agreement. "Sheffield United will not comment further on this matter."

– Sheffield Utd