An FA official has been found guilty of making a disgusting comment about the Holocaust before a game in the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.
According to The Mail, Phil Morris, the appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was disciplined by an FA panel after telling the referee to,
“Tell them to remember the concentration camps if they give you any ****.”
Morris has been banned from all football and football activity until March, following the guilty verdict. The FA panel who held the hearing in Manchester on Friday, found Morris guilty of using ‘abusive and/or insulting words, aggravated by race’.
This is the same charge that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was found guilty of for his abuse of Man United’s Patrice Evra and the Uruguayan was subsequently banned for eight matches.
The alleged remark took place in Manchester United’s Carrington training ground and was overheard by a teenage official who then passed the matter on to the FA who decided to investigate the incident. Morris who has been on the FA council for 19 years, had pleaded not guilty not the charge and has 14 days to appeal the decision.
The decision has been greeted in a positive manner by leaders of the Jewish community, according to the Jewish Chronicle Online. The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock said, “Such a callous reference to concentration camps is clearly an insult to victims and survivors of the Holocaust as well as any decent minded person – the FA have rightly recognised the deep offence caused by the comments.”
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