An Adelaide United fan who racially abused Wellington
Phoenix striker Paul Ifill has been banned from attending any
Football Federation Australia-controlled match for two years.
Ifill was the subject of a "blatantly racist" remark from a
fan behind the Phoenix bench after he was substituted in his
side's 3-1 defeat to the Reds last weekend.
The Phoenix reported the incident to match officials who
contacted South Australian police to investigate the matter.
The man has now been identified and FFA today announced he
would be prohibited from attending any match under their
jurisdiction for two years.
In addition to the sanction, Adelaide United have
simultaneously cancelled the man's club membership.
Phoenix general manager David Dome said the club were
satisfied with the outcome.
"We are happy that the process has been followed and we put
our faith in Adelaide United, the South Australian police and
the FFA, and they've obviously done a fantastic job finding
the guy and they've banned him appropriately.
"So we are pleased that the process has been followed and
it's worked out well."
The case was believed to be the first incident of racism in
the A-League, but the punishment is in line with similar
sanctions handed to fans found guilty of racial offences at
football matches in Europe.
Ifill, an English-born Barbados international, took to
Twitter after the match complaining of abuse from a "very
small minority" of fans.
"Not happy been a long time since IV had to deal with
anything like that," he wrote. "A few things that were
blatantly racist that I'd rather not repeat."
Adelaide United conveyed their concerns to Ifill, and the
Phoenix said they had accepted an "unequivocal apology".