Fans who "hijack" matches with bad behaviour should be handed life bans, English FA chairman David Bernstein said on Monday.
The FA chief spoke in the aftermath of Sunday's heated Manchester derby which saw United defender Rio Ferdinand struck by a coin thrown from the crowd and nine others charged by police in connection with the match.
Images of Ferdinand's bloodied face cut-open just above the eyebrow and City keeper Joe Hart holding back a fan who had invaded the pitch following Robin van Persie's stoppage-time winner to confront Ferdinand have been published around the globe tarnishing what was a thrilling encounter.
"I think it's disturbing that we are seeing a recurrence of these sorts of incidents. We've had some racial abuse issues... we've had things being thrown at players. They are unacceptable and they have to be dealt with severely," Bernstein told Sky Sports....more
11:05 PM, Dec 10, 2012
London: The English FA's sanctions for racial abuse are to be reviewed in the wake of the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand case, FA chairman David Bernstein said on Tuesday. Bernstein said the FA's disciplinary commission got Terry's punishment "pretty much right" and he did not want black players breaking away and forming their own association or union. Terry was banned for four matches and fined 220,000 pounds by an independent FA...
12:28 AM, Oct 24, 2012
London: Just like before the 2010 World Cup, a dispute revolving around John Terry is unsettling England's preparations for a major tournament. But this time, rather than acting as a unifier, Fabio Capello has been accused of exacerbating tensions ahead of the European Championships. And the coach may have breached his lucrative contract as a result. Capello's authority appears to have been undermined by his employers when Terry was fired...
11:28 PM, Feb 06, 2012