Racist Fan Found Guilty01 November 2002

John Ritchie, 20, was found guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Scotland, of racial abuse and making threats.

The incidents happened at the end of third division match between Hamilton Academicals and Albion Rovers. Hamilton Academicals striker, Brian McPhee, was racially abused and threatened as he left the field at the end of the match.

This incident comes just days after McPhee was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse from a from a Forfar Athletic fan.

“Racism is becoming a cancer in our society and is becoming rife in football. All Brian McPhee was doing was going about his lawful business on a football park and entertaining the fans. He and no other black player should be subjected to the abuse he took.

I would hope Albion Rovers ban Ritchie from the ground for life and every other club in the country does likewise.”
Hamilton Accies chairman, Bill Sherry.

Ritchie will be sentenced later this month.