FA reject their OWN independent panel’s ruling that John Yems is ‘not a knowing racist’ – and wanted the former Crawley Town boss to get a LONGER ban after telling Muslim players ‘your people are blowing things up with vests’ and the n-word used ‘as banter’
- The independent panel’s findings drew widespread criticism across football
- The 63-year-old has been banned for 18 months following the Sportsmail revelations
- The FA panel concludes the former Crawley boss is not a ‘conscious racist’.
- But they agreed that his “banter” came across as offensive, racist and Islamophobic
The Football Association is defying the findings of its own independent panel, which ruled that disgraced former Crawley Town boss John Yems is not a “conscious racist”.
The governing body is facing a major backlash against the report released on Tuesday related to the investigation into Yem’s disgusting racist taunts towards players during his time as head of Crawley.
In the written justification, the independent regulatory commission said Yems is not a “conscious racist” – something that has sparked outrage across the football community.
The full extent of former Crawley manager Yems’ ‘discriminatory language’ and ‘racist banter’ towards his players has been revealed by the FA – with the lack of heaviness angering Kick It Out
Anti-racism organization Kick It Out has blasted the FA panel for its verdict on John Yems
He was banned for 18 months earlier this month after Sportsmail revealed a group of Crawley players complained about their manager’s language last April
While they made it clear that they did not view Yems as a racist, the FA panel concluded his behavior struck many of Crawley’s players as “offensive, racist and Islamophobic”.
“We consider this to be an extremely serious case,” the FA report said.
“We have accepted that Mr Yems is not a knowing racist. If so, an extremely long, even permanent, suspension would be appropriate.’
However, we have learned the FA disagrees with the dissolution of its own independent panel that Yems is not a “conscious racist” based on the evidence presented to the commission.
In addition, the board believes that the 18-month suspension imposed on Yems – the longest ban ever imposed for discriminatory language – is not strong enough and initially called for a tougher sentence.
The FA concluded that Yems is not a “conscious racist” but the allegations against him, which have been confirmed by its independent panel, remain shocking
The FA brought 16 discrimination charges against Yems after allegations surfaced last year. During the investigation, 12 charges were confirmed or admitted.
Nonetheless, the FA came under fire after its own panel said Yems was not a “conscious racist”.
“Based on the evidence presented to the Commission, we fundamentally disagree with the independent panel’s finding that this was not a case of knowing racism.
‘That’s why we’re examining our legal options.’
Ian Wright and Anton Ferdinand were among the high-profile figures to condemn the FA’s written reasons on social media.
Similarly, the anti-discrimination organization Kick it Out has also criticized the report of the FA’s independent commission.
“The discriminatory language outlined in the independent FA panel’s report is simply shocking,” said Kick It Out’s statement.
Although Yems was described as “not a knowing racist”, the FA said his “banter was undoubtedly perceived by the victims and others as offensive, racist and Islamophobic”.
“Given the seriousness of the incidents described, it is very difficult to understand how the independent FA panel concluded that ‘Mr Yems is not a knowing racist’.
“We don’t share that point of view. The behavior outlined in the report must be called exactly what it is, racism and Islamophobia.
“To be clear, a 15-month ban given the seriousness of the 11 proven charges is a slap in the face to victims of the discriminatory abuse detailed in this report and to anyone who has faced racism or Islamophobia.”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11649107/The-FA-opposes-independent-panels-verdict-John-Yems-not-conscious-racist.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 FA rejects their OWN independent panel’s ruling that John Yems is ‘not a knowing racist’.