Chris Marsden has been released by Prestatyn Town FC after being found guilty of racist abuse. Picture: Abe Dobson suffered racist abuse at a game against Prestatyn
A footballer who racially abused gap Connah’s Quay player Abe Dobson has been sacked by his club.
Chris Marsden was released from Prestatyn Town on Tuesday evening following a meeting with club bosses.
The decision comes after the Football Association of Wales issued a statement saying that Mr Marsden had been charged under FAW Rule 38.1.9 for his alleged racist comment toward The Nomads’ midfielder during a recent Welsh Premier League Development League match.
It said: “The panel found that charge against Marsden proven and as a result decided to impose an additional eight match suspension on top of the four matches imposed as a result of the automatic suspension following his sending off in the aforementioned match.”
The incident, which happened on February 4, prompted angry tweets from gap Connah’s Quay player Abe Dobson, 19, who wrote on Twitter: “Sick of playing in Wales, like the third time I’ve been called a n*****...didn’t even get called it this much in Sunday league.”
Gareth Owens, general manager and secretary of Prestatyn Town FC, said the decision to release Mr Marsden had come following the results of the FAW disciplinary hearing last Wednesday.
He said: “We met with the player this evening and have released him from the club.
“We need to be seen to be acting on the FAW’s decision and Mr Marsden fully understands the club’s position and why the decision has been taken.
“I myself will be writing to gap Connah’s Quay as well to explain the decision we have made and put them in the picture.”
He added: “Racism is not something we tolerate, and as a club we do not condone that type of behaviour. It is not acceptable.”
A statement from gap Connah’s Quay on Monday read: “The Nomads fully support the FAW’s decision and we continue to support Abe Dobson.
“As previously mentioned, The Nomads do not tolerate racist, sectarian or bigoted harassment or other discriminatory behaviour, whether physical or verbal, and we work to ensure that such behaviour is met with appropriate action in whatever context it occurs.”
The Nomads’ academy director Jay Catton added: “We are pleased that the situation has been resolved and we are looking to move on from it swiftly, as it has brought a cloud over the great work taking place in the Welsh Premier League Development League.”
Show Racism the Red Card would like to praise both clubs for the way that they have promptly dealt with the incident. Both clubs have been long standing supporters of the campaign in Wales and continue to show their support. This stance has sent out a strong message in dealing with racism in Welsh football.
Campaign Worker Jason Webber said: “We have held events with both Connah’s Quay FC and Prestatyn Town FC over the last few years and have this year delivered educational workshops to their academy players. This incident further highlights the need to educate players about racism and also the consequences of participating in racist actions. I would like to praise both clubs and the FAW on the way this has been dealt with. I hope this sends out a key message that racism will not be tolerated in Welsh football.”
Prestatyn Town FC & Connah’s Quay FC will be participating in our Fortnight of Action and will be holding club events again during the 2014/15 season.
Source: Daily Post