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‘Made Monarchy look ridiculous’ Piers Morgan slams Meghan for ‘demeaning herself’ on Ellen

‘Made Monarchy look ridiculous’ Piers Morgan slams Meghan for 'demeaning herself' on Ellen

PIERS MORGAN has hit out at Meghan Markle for “demeaning herself” by performing a prank during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as the presenter claimed the Duchess Of Sussex’s antics “made the British Monarchy look ridiculous”.

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‘Ridiculous’ – Racially-abused footballer baffled by misconduct charge

A footballer has described an FA decision to charge his team with misconduct for walking off the pitch after he was racially abused as “poor” and “ridiculous”, insisting it “sends out completely the wrong message”.

The reserve sides of Gillingham Town and Bridport were competing at St Mary’s Field in the Dorset Senior Trophy on October 9 when the match was abandoned after Gillingham midfielder Eboni McCann reported he was racially abused by a spectator.

Despite the nature in which the game was stopped, the Dorset FA have charged Gillingham with misconduct under the FA’s E20 rule for ‘removing themselves from the field of play and being unwilling to continue the match’.

Gillingham could now face a fine of up to £150, while the misconduct charge would remain on the club’s record.

The reserve team of Gillingham Town walked off the pitch after McCann was racially abused. (Photo credit: Gillingham Town FC)

Speaking to Sky Sports News about the abuse, McCann said: “The referee was giving a player a yellow card at the time it happened, so I went over to the referee and said ‘this spectator’s just said this’ and he replied ‘I’ve heard it’. I then went to the guy who said it ‘you can’t say that’ and he just replied ‘yes I can’.

“He was so brazen about it, no remorse, which really goes to show the small-mindedness of this individual.

“I then went and told my manager and we started walking off towards the changing rooms. We all walked off in solidarity, the club showed unity and then the referee came into the changing room and said ‘I don’t expect anyone to continue this game’. At that point the game was abandoned.”

‘Misconduct charge sends out completely the wrong message’

Bridport have since banned a supporter for life and Dorset Police say an investigation is ongoing after a 74-year-old man attended a voluntary interview on October 15.

Dorset FA has said the case has been referred to the FA (the national governing body) and will be reviewed by a panel to determine any punishment for Gillingham. It is understood the panel will consider the circumstances of the team leaving the pitch.

McCann says the decision to charge Gillingham with misconduct is ‘poor’ and ‘ridiculous’. (Photo credit: Eboni McCann)

McCann said: “Initially, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It seems absolutely ridiculous. If this is the law of the game, surely it’s up to the referee to say ‘if you don’t continue this game, this is what will happen’, but he didn’t.

“He’s a human, we’re all human. He showed compassion and he must have thought in his head ‘somebody who’s just been racially abused should not then be asked to play the rest of a football game’.

“I think the Dorset FA have kind of palmed it off and said ‘okay, well we’re sending this over to the FA for investigation’. In my eyes, they’ve taken way too long with it. I don’t understand what they’re investigating. What is there to investigate?

“Why is it two weeks down the line and all they’ve said is ‘okay, the only conclusion we have from this is Gillingham might be charged’. It’s poor and it sends out completely the wrong message, in my opinion.”

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‘As a manager, what else could I have done?’

McCann added he had received “huge support” after posting details about the abuse on social media while his manager Peter Down was impressed with the way Bridport dealt with the incident.

“The fans around the ground were fantastic,” Down told Sky Sports News. “They applauded us off. Everybody around the ground applauded us off.

“Bridport were great. Their management were great. Their secretary, their chairman, the club were brilliant and they were ashamed of their supporter and felt sorry for us in that situation.

“The players were distraught. There was a lot of anger, a lot of tension. We could not carry on that game of football. I don’t know as a manager what else I could or should have done.

“We presumed the game would be replayed and Bridport would possibly pick up a fine just because it was their fan, but to then receive a misconduct charge was just shocking.

“Surely this can’t happen in today’s society? What example is that setting? We cannot believe what’s happened and I’m gobsmacked. Never in my life have I ever experienced anything like this.”

‘More work required in non-league football’

The charge comes amid huge national pressure for bodies to do more to kick racism out of football.

Many footballers have reported being racially abused – either in person or online – and at the beginning of last year the PFA told Sky Sports News it would support anyone who decided to walk off the pitch. The FA has also reiterated its stance to help remove all forms of discrimination.

However, McCann believes that while incidents within the top divisions of professional football are being dealt with more rigorously, racism also needs to be addressed properly at non-League and grassroots level.

“It’s much more prevalent in the top tiers of football and that’s because it’s on TV. You have kids, you have families watching the game, so the last thing you want to hear is chants in the crowd of people being racist,” McCann said.

“I don’t think enough is being done in non-League football. Especially grassroots, because how do you manage that? Most people play on a recreation ground which is public ground, so how do you stop one of these rotten apples from turning up to the game and ruining it for everyone?

“I think it’s much easier to manage the higher up you go. It really needs some focus on the lower levels, in my opinion.”

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In response to the incident, an FA spokesperson said: “The FA stands firmly against all forms of prejudice and we take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.

“We encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of, or witness to, discriminatory abuse to report it through the appropriate channels: The FA, our County FA network or via our partners at Kick It Out, so incidents can be thoroughly investigated.

“We will always take the strongest possible action against those proven to be discriminatory within a football setting and we continue to do our utmost to challenge these behaviours within our game.”

Sky Sports News has contacted the Dorset FA for a response.

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Spieth’s ridiculous recovery shot lights up 17th

“I hit like a 52-degree because a 60 might have gone over the back of my head, and you know, just tried to flick it right underneath and hit it as hard as I could, as high as I could,” says Jordan Spieth; watch the Ryder Cup live on Sky Sports Ryder Cup

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Jordan Spieth produced an incredible recovery from thick grass on a hill, hitting his shot unsighted to inside 10 feet at the par-three 17th!

Jordan Spieth produced an incredible recovery from thick grass on a hill, hitting his shot unsighted to inside 10 feet at the par-three 17th!

Jordan Spieth produced the shot of the morning as the Ryder Cup got underway with the foursomes on Friday, but unfortunately for him it was in a losing cause for the United States.

Spieth conjured up a miraculous recovery from thick grass down a hill off the par-three 17th green at Whistling Straits, his ball taking the aerial route and landing within 10 feet of the hole.

The 28-year-old also did well to avoid ending up in Lake Michigan as the backward momentum from the shot saw him run down the bank before stopping just short of the water.

However, his playing partner Justin Thomas then missed the birdie putt which handed the European duo of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia a 3&1 victory, although the USA won the other three morning foursomes.

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Spieth said: “It’s kind of one of those shots that you practise as a kid for fun, and you don’t ultimately want to have it. And the chances of it going there, you could roll a thousand balls off the green, and it’s not going it stay where it was.

“I hit like a 52-degree because a 60 might have gone over the back of my head, and you know, just tried to flick it right underneath and hit it as hard as I could, as high as I could. You know, it ended up right on a crown where it was a tough putt, and I think it’s maybe a situation, first one in wins, and we just kind of got a really tough break there.”

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As for suggestions he had overplayed his scuttle down the hill, Spieth added: “I don’t think I exaggerated that fall, you know how steep that is. Once I started moving, I was like, I’ve got to keep moving until I find a flat spot.”

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