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Soccer fan gets lifetime ban for over racist Twitter comments

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A soccer fan has received a lifetime ban from Norwich City after allegedly posting racist comments about a new player on Twitter.

New Norwich City striker has been racially abused on Twitter
New Norwich City striker has been racially abused on Twitter

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Luke O'Donoughoe, 22, had provoked outcry from fellow Twitter users following a post on May 27 about the Canaries' new signing James Vaughan in which he is said to have used the racist word n*****.

"After being made aware this morning about the content of his Twitter posts we made contact with the fan involved and he will be banned from Carrow Road," said club spokesman Joe Ferrari.

"We have a zero tolerance policy on discrimination of any kind, which is enshrined in our supporters' charter and ground regulations, and I think the majority of fans will support us in our stance on the issue."

The club's actions were also backed by Kick It Out – the national campaign for equality and inclusion in football.

Campaigner Danny Lynch said: "Kick It Out applauds the proactive stance taken by the club here.

"The advent of social media has been key in bringing players and fans closer together.

"Incidents like this, however, highlight some of the issues it can throw up."

Before his account was deleted from Twitter, O'Donoughoe, who who held a season ticket for nine years until 2007, offered his apologies to Vaughan and wrote: "I know that some of the stuff I have said is wrong ... there are comments I should have thought about before I posted them.

"In the end I lost my rag and ended up writing things I should have looked into first."

Meanwhile, Vaughan responded on the story via Twitter, commenting: "iv had nothing but support from most ppl so 1 comment isn't going 2 change anything!"

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