The 16-year-old FC Twente supporter who made a racist comment against Ajax striker Brian Brobbey yesterday faces a national stadium ban of twenty years. The KNVB reported this in a written response to RTV Oost.
A spokesperson refers to the ‘Our Football belongs to Everyone’ plan, which was launched by the Football Association in 2020 to combat racism and discrimination. “In that plan, we have established, among other things, that we will impose a national stadium ban of ten years for racist expressions. And when such an expression is directed at a specific person, that sentence will be doubled to twenty years. The latter is exactly what happened yesterday,” the statement said.
According to witnesses, Brobbey was racially abused when he left the stadium to board the team bus yesterday after the lost match against FC Twente. The perpetrator was quickly tracked down by stewards of the home club and turned out to be a 16-year-old season ticket holder.
‘Ajax must make an official report’
FC Twente immediately imposed a stadium ban on the boy for De Grolsch Veste in Enschede. And if it were up to the KNVB, there would be a national stadium ban for years on top of that.
But to make that punishment official, a number of steps must first be taken, the spokesperson notes. To start with, FC Twente must officially report the matter to the KNVB, so that the association can take further action and start an investigation. Ultimately, the KNVB Stadium Bans Committee will then consider the case and officially impose the punishment if there is sufficient evidence.
The punishment has only been imposed once before on four MVV fans, who were guilty of racism against FC Dordrecht player Seydine N’Diaye during a match in the Kitchen Champion Division. They all received a national stadium ban for twenty years.
The 16-year-old FC Twente supporter who made racist statements towards Brobbey may also face criminal charges. Ajax has announced that it will report the boy.
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