South Wales Amateur League take a stand against fans of a Pontypridd football club for racist abuse.
RACIAL equality campaigners have praised the South Wales Amateur League for taking a stand against fans of a Pontypridd football club who were fined for spouting racist abuse.
Supporters of Graig FC, who play in the South Wales Amateur League, were found guilty of making racist comments during an ill-tempered game against STM Sports from Llanrumney, Cardiff, on August 13.
The following week, the club was given a final warning by the league after fans were found guilty of misconduct on August 23.
Consequently, the club was banned from playing any home games at Ynysangharad Park during October and was fined £750 for the racist outburst.
Show Racism the Red Card, an anti-racism education charity, has used famous faces to back the campaign against inequality.
Sunil Patel, Campaign Manager for Show Racism the Red Card Wales, said: “The South Wales Amateur League has set a precedent and this should send out a clear message that racism will not be tolerated.
“We are pleased that this case was investigated and the authorities took the appropriate steps to come to this conclusion.
“Our campaign has worked with clubs across Wales over the past few years and has been instrumental towards the FAW Fair Play code that has recently been implemented.”
Graig FC, who lie 14th in the First Division table, will be able to host games at Ynysangharad Park again after serving their ban.
David Wilcox, secretary of the South Wales Amateur League, said: “A complaint was made to the FAW by STM Sports in regards to racists comments.
“That was referred to the South Wales Football Association and then both clubs were interviewed.
“The referees arrived at the decision. Graig FC were then banned from playing home games for the month of October.
“As a league, we needed to carry out the instructions from the SWFA. The SWAL recognises that it has an obligation to take action against clubs found guilty of discrimination of colour or disability.”
A statement on the SWFA website read: “In accordance with the FAW non-discrimination regulations, the club was fined £750, £600 of which was suspended until May 31, 2012.
“Graig FC were also found guilty of misconduct by spectators at their fixture of August 23.
“The club was fined £75 and given a final warning in respect of the behaviour of spectators.”
A representative of Graig AFC said: “As far as we are concerned, the matter has been dealt with. We do not wish to comment further.”