Sophie Jones quits football after being hit with five-match ban for racial abuse – News Today

Sophie Jones quits football after being hit with five-match ban for racial abuse – News Today
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  Sheffield United Women’s forward Sophie Jones has announced her retirement from football, on the same day she was found guilty by the FA of racial abuse   Jones, 27, was handed a five-match ban by the governing body after an investigation into claims following the Blades tie with Tottenham on January 6   Spurs defender Renee Hector stated on her Twitter at the time that she had been subjected to “monkey noises” during the match by a United payer  Despite the ruling, Jones denied the claims against her and has now quit football altogether  In a statement, Jones said: “I would like to state on record that I do not condone racism in any form and I will continue to stand by this statement  “I strongly stand firm that I am not guilty with regards to the charge that the FA have brought against me  “I am struggling to come to terms with this decision and how The FA can come to a verdict based on probability from the two witness accounts verbally given, instead of reviewing the case and its evidence, in its entirety, based on the Sport Law and Practice Second Edition stating ‘the more serious the allegation the greater degree of satisfaction required’  “The FA ‘independent’ panel received more than 10 other witness statements from players within the alleged incident vicinity, including Tottenham players, also all the match officials, all confirming they did not hear any racial abuse and or comments made  “Video evidence that was submitted clearly showing no issue had occurred in the game had also totally been disregarded by the panel  “Audio transcript of the alleged incident was taken to be reviewed and came back clear  “Two witness statements from Tottenham players that continuously contradicted each other  “And finally, my barrister was constantly being shut down by the independent panel when trying to discredit the two witness statements  “In short, he wasn’t allowed to do his job.  “The hearing took place in a kangaroo court It is with a heavy heart that I feel I am unable to continue within football and play under an organisation that I do not have any confidence in  “I would like to personally thank Kevin McCabe and everyone at Sheffield United for their continuous support ”  Jones was charged by the governing body last month with breaching various sections of rule E3 on player conduct  The FA said: “Sophie Jones has been given a five-match suspension with immediate effect after an ‘aggravated breach’ of FA Rule E3(1) was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission”  Jones’ was also hit with a £200 fine by the FA and ordered to attend an FA education course, whilst her contract with Sheffield United was mutually terminated  United condoned racism of any kind, but added that Jones “maintains her innocence and is disappointed with the FA’s decision”  Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out threw their support behind the verdict however, whilst Hector commented on social media  Hector tweeted: “There is no place for racism in our game. A zero tolerance policy is imperative in stamping this out from football therefore I welcome this verdict  “No one should be subjected to racist abuse on or off the pitch and I felt a responsibility to call it out for what it was ” Read More Mirror Football’s Top Stories

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