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Racist Remarks against Mido Brushed Off by Court

K ShakranSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2008

A Newcastle United fan, who was tried for his racial abuse towards Middlesbrough striker Ahmed Hossam, aka "Mido," was not given a ban from attending Premiership games.

The 25-year-old Egyptian striker was the target of racial chants during his team’s draw with Newcastle on Nov. 29, and the English Football Association (FA) recommended that the abusive fan be banned from attending matches.

The incident is the second against Mido in two seasons, but instead of a ban, the Newcastle fan received a £270 with £45 costs fine.

Upon hearing the court’s decision, both FA and Middlesbrough spokesmen expressed their dismay that the captured fan wasn’t given a more significant punishment.

"We are disappointed a banning order was not imposed," said an FA spokesman.

"It is important to send out a strong message that racist and discriminatory chanting is totally unacceptable, and that anyone found guilty will face the consequences," he concluded.

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