Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri gets six-match ban for using racist language

31 Jul

Fernando Forestieri has been banned for six games after being found guilty of using racist language by the Football Association’s independent regulatory commission.

The Sheffield Wednesday striker was accused of making the comments to Krystian Pearce during a pre-season friendly with Mansfield last July.

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Fernando Forestieri was found guilty of using racist language[/caption]

It sparked a mass brawl on the pitch involving players from both sides.

Forestieri was acquitted at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court of racially abusing Pearce in March but was charged by the FA.

The commission deemed the case against Forestieri proven, and the 29-year-old has also been given a £25,000 fine, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend face-to-face education.

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Forestieri immediately announced he would be appealing, saying he is ‘devastated and disappointed’ by the outcome.

In a statement on Wednesday’s official website, he said: “I have now been the subject of allegations of racism for over a year and it has been an extremely stressful time for both me personally and also my family in both England and Argentina.

“I am not and never will be a person or a footballer who says offensive things by reference to race to my colleagues or other players, either on or off the pitch.

“The decision today therefore goes against everything about the person I am and the person I was brought up to be.

“It is absolutely no comfort to me that, when charging me with misconduct, the FA were very clear that they did not consider me to be racist but instead believed that I had acted in the ‘heat of the moment’.

“To be prevented from playing the game of football, which I love, for six matches is a major matter in my life, but it is insignificant compared to the wider implications of the decision and the unjustified stain that it places on my character.”

Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri gets six-match ban for using racist language

31 Jul

Fernando Forestieri has been banned for six games after being found guilty of using racist language by the Football Association’s independent regulatory commission.

The Sheffield Wednesday striker was accused of making the comments to Krystian Pearce during a pre-season friendly with Mansfield last July.

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Fernando Forestieri was found guilty of using racist language[/caption]

It sparked a mass brawl on the pitch involving players from both sides.

Forestieri was acquitted at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court of racially abusing Pearce in March but was charged by the FA.

The commission deemed the case against Forestieri proven, and the 29-year-old has also been given a £25,000 fine, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend face-to-face education.

Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week

  • Crusaders vs Wolves (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Luton vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT
  • Salford City vs Stevenage (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Brentford vs Birmingham (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Nottingham Forest vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2
  • Manchester City vs Liverpool (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT
  • Bristol City vs Leeds United (Sunday, 4:30pm) – talkSPORT 2

Forestieri immediately announced he would be appealing, saying he is ‘devastated and disappointed’ by the outcome.

In a statement on Wednesday’s official website, he said: “I have now been the subject of allegations of racism for over a year and it has been an extremely stressful time for both me personally and also my family in both England and Argentina.

“I am not and never will be a person or a footballer who says offensive things by reference to race to my colleagues or other players, either on or off the pitch.

“The decision today therefore goes against everything about the person I am and the person I was brought up to be.

“It is absolutely no comfort to me that, when charging me with misconduct, the FA were very clear that they did not consider me to be racist but instead believed that I had acted in the ‘heat of the moment’.

“To be prevented from playing the game of football, which I love, for six matches is a major matter in my life, but it is insignificant compared to the wider implications of the decision and the unjustified stain that it places on my character.”

Arrest warrant issued for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri after failure to attend court

28 Dec

An arrest warrant has been issued for Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri after he failed to attend Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

Court staff told PA that the 28-year-old faces one charge of using threatening words or behaviour and another of racially aggravated harassment on July 24.

Forestieri scoring against Hull

The offences are understood to have occurred during a post-match brawl which took place at the end of a pre-season friendly between Wednesday and Mansfield at the One Call Stadium.

Forestieri was banned by the Football Association in September for three matches and fined £25,000 after admitting to a misconduct charge for his part in the brawl.

Mansfield’s Jacob Mellis also admitted to an FA misconduct charge and was banned for three games and fined £1,500.

Wednesday and Mansfield were fined £20,000 and £3,000 respectively after both clubs admitted an FA misconduct charge of failing to control their players.

Forestieri was signed by Wednesday from Watford for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2015 and has scored 35 goals in almost 100 appearances for the club in all competitions.