Ryan Cameron pleaded guilty to racially abusing Hibs midfielder Isaiah Osbourne, but will not face a football banning order.
Ryan Cameron, 20, from Rosyth, who today pled guilty to swearing and racially abusing Hibs midfielder Isaiah Osbourne at a Dunfermline vs Hibs Scottish Premier League match in September,has escaped a Football Banning Order.
Sheriff Ian Dunbar fined Cameron £400 but declined to impose a ban despite Cameron's admission that he had hurled racist abuse at Birmingham-born Osbourne,23, a former England
Commenting on the verdict,Bill Butler,Campaign Manager of 'Show Racism the Red Card(Scotland), said:
"This is a very disappointing and worrying judgement.Someone who has admitted racially abusing a player at a football ground in the crudest possible fashion should not be let off with a mere fine. Such an offender should be handed down a 2 to 3 year ban at the very least. If the guilty party has previously offended, he should face a life ban."
Mr. Butler continued :
"It is the duty of the courts to send out the strongest possible signal that acts of racist abuse will always face the full majesty of the law. Racist abuse is an extremely serious offence ; it is despicable behaviour which must never be condoned.
The judgement of the Sheriff in this case falls far short of what is required. It must not be left to individual football clubs to initiate a lifetime ban.The Sheriff in this case had an opportunity to impose the legal remedy of a Football Banning Order. It is highly regrettable that he chose not to do so. "