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Sep, 21, 2012

Lord Ouseley: Ban offensive fans for life

Anti-racism campaigner Lord Herman Ouseley has told ESPN that he wants any fans singing offensive songs about Hillsborough songs at Anfield on Sunday to be permanently kicked out of football grounds.

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While supporting the call from Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United fans to show respect to the 96 victims of the tragedy at this weekend's confrontation between the two great North-West clubs, Lord Ouseley does not feel that the views of the well respected manager go nearly far enough.

Lord Ouseley, head of the Kick It Out campaign and an FA Council member, told ESPN: "If there is a section of fans who behave badly and sing offensive songs about Hillsborough then every effort needs to be made to track them down and mete out appropriate punishment and ban them from football grounds.

"Unfortunately I keep on hearing that it is only a minority of fans who have been signing these offensive songs. For far too long football has used 'minority' as an excuse for in action.

"No longer can 'minority' be that excuse, and we cannot accept any mealy-mouthed options. It has to be done properly if it is going to be done at all and going to have any effect."

Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has insisted that the "best" solution is for decent supporters to themselves take action, telling those who engage in the chants to stop.

"I think whatever form of chanting there may be, we've got to try and eradicate it," Allardyce said. "The best person, or people, to do that are the fans themselves - for the fan sat or stood next to [someone chanting] to actually turn around and say: 'Please don't. You're actually offending me and I support this team and I don't want to hear you say that'.

"Hopefully that'd be the best thing, for fans to say: 'I don't like that, please stop it'. If everybody could do that, we'd have less of it."

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