Racism in football: The pain, shame and regret of one Saturday in September
Racism in football: The pain, shame and regret of one Saturday in September
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What you are about to read is based on eyewitness accounts of a racist incident in English football last September that go beyond the headlines.

Hosts Hartlepool were the culprits and Dover's Inih Effiong was the victim during a tempestuous National League game in which the home side finished with only nine men and had manager Craig Hignett sent off.

Pools were charged by the Football Association and eventually found guilty of failing to ensure their fans refrained from using racially abusive language. They were fined £7,500, with £5,000 suspended for 18 months.

Hartlepool banned two individuals, although the FA has said "on the balance of probability there was possibly a third" person involved. Since the interviews, further allegations of racist abuse in a match in early March between Hartlepool and Ebbsfleet are being investigated by the FA.

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