Spectator banned for two years for racist abuse of Phoenix striker Paul Ifill

The man will be unable to attend any FFA-run football match for the duration of the ban, with Ifill taking to Twitter to applaud the sanction
GOAL.com Indonesia   By GOAL.COM

The man that racially abused Paul Ifill during Adelaide United's 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix last Sunday has been banned by Football Federation Australia for two years.

The FFA has announced the Adelaide man will be barred from attending any football match run by the Australian governing body for 24 months after he was found guilty of breaching the FFA Spectator Code of Behaviour.

Ifill reported having been racially abused as he was subbed off in the 60th minute of the A-League match at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Under the FFA Spectator Code of Behaviour, clause C states patrons at A-League matches must "respect the rights, dignity and worth of every person regardless of their gender, ability, race, colour, religion, language, politics, national or ethnic origin".

Adelaide United have also cancelled the membership held by the man, while Ifill took to Twitter to make his feelings known after the announcement of the ban.

"Big thanks to @adelutd_fc @FFA and the police for acting promptly and professionally in the investigation," he wrote.

"Also want to thank @WgtnPhoenixFC and all fans of the @ALeague for there support in what has Bn a pretty tough week for me."

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