15 Feb Clyde’s Ally Love banned over Omar abuse
Clyde defender Ally Love has been handed a five-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing an opponent.
The 26-year-old has been suspended by the Scottish Football Association after an independent disciplinary panel ruled he had used discriminatory language towards Annan winger Rabin Omar during a Ladbrokes League Two clash last month.
Love – who was making his first Bully Wee appearance after transferring from Brechin – is understood to have called Dutchman Omar a “P*** b******” among several other insults.
Furious Annan officials reported the incident to referee Scott Millar after the match, prompting an investigation by SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan.
Now Love has been found guilty of breaching SFA rule 202, which relates to “excessive misconduct”.
He will serve an immediate five-game suspension, ruling him out of Clyde’s home and away clashes with Cowdenbeath as well as fixtures involving Stirling Albion, Peterhead and Elgin.
Love now has until Monday to decide whether to appeal the ruling and Clyde say they will not comment “until the process has been completed”.
However, anti-racism campaigners have called on the SFA to do more to fight discrimination than just banning players found guilty of throwing insults.
Nicola Hay, campaign manager for Show Racism the Red Card Scotland, told Press Association Sport: “SRTRC supports the SFA imposing bans on players found guilty of racial abuse or any other form of discrimination.
“However, we would further suggest the SFA encourages players and officials across the country to engage in anti-racism training and education more broadly to challenge attitudes and avoid these situations arising in the first place.
“Simply banning players when instances of racial abuse are caught does not fully address the issue.”