A teenager who racially abused an East Stirlingshire player at Peterhead's Balmoor Stadium has been given a one-year football banning order.
Yesterday (Wednesday) Peterhead Sheriff Court convicted Donnie Fraser of using a racially offensive comment likely to cause public disorder. The incident had taken place at Peterhead FC’s Balmoor Stadium during their match with East Stirlingshire FC on Saturday 1st March 2014. The comment had been directed at East Stirlingshire defender, 17-year old Jordan Tapping. The young player was so distressed by the comments he was substituted by his coaching team. Mr Fraser pled guilty to the offence and received a 12-month football banning order and £300 fine.
Show Racism the Red Card welcome the speedy conclusion this unpleasant incident has been brought to and commend Police Scotland and both football clubs for their prompt action. We cannot stress enough how unacceptable this type of behaviour is. Racism in all its forms has damaging consequences. Here, we have a young man unable to carry out his job on Saturday due to racial abuse. Another through his actions has now been left with a criminal record.
At Show Racism the Red Card we believe that no-one is born racist and education is key to ending racist attitudes and behaviours. We are proud to work with Peterhead FC, East Stirlingshire FC and the other 40 SPFL clubs to try and eradicate racism on the terraces and society more generally.