EPL clubs to extend bans for racist chants

Jamie Gardner
The English Premier League will extend bans for fans found guilty of making discriminatory chants

Premier League clubs have voted to extend any bans imposed on supporters for abusive behaviour across the whole of the English top flight.

The season has been marred by incidents of racist abuse, with the Professional Footballers' Association calling on the government to set up an inquiry into the matter and its chief executive Gordon Taylor seeking custodial sentences for those found guilty.

A statement following the Premier League shareholders' meeting on Thursday said the clubs were "united against all forms of violent, threatening and abusive behaviour".

"Following recent events, the 20 clubs committed to introducing a league-wide ban for anyone banned by their club for discriminatory, abusive or violent acts," the statement added.

"Unacceptable conduct towards players, fans, club employees or referees will not be tolerated by the Premier League or its clubs."

Earlier on Thursday, Bournemouth issued a lifetime ban to a 17-year-old fan who pleaded guilty to chanting racist abuse during a match against Tottenham last year.

The Metropolitan Police said that the teenager, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to indecent/racial chanting during a Premier League match against Tottenham on November 30 when he appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He was given a three-year football banning order and was fined STG55 ($A106) plus a STG21 surcharge, with the club releasing a statement on Thursday banning the person from attending future Bournemouth matches.

"AFC Bournemouth welcome the court's decision to impose a three-year football banning order on a person present in the visiting section, following an incident at our fixture at Tottenham Hotspur last November," the statement said.

"In addition to the court-imposed football banning order, this member of the public - who we refuse to acknowledge as a supporter - will also receive a lifetime ban from AFC Bournemouth.

"Discrimination has no place in any area of society and these actions have absolutely no place at our football club or among our fan base, either.

"AFC Bournemouth work tirelessly to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all and we are disgusted and angered that this person acted in this way."