The actions of a mindless minority could see Port Vale punished by the FA following disgraceful scenes on Saturday.
Chesterfield players were subjected to racist chants at the final whistle by fans who have been condemned by both clubs.
Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite says anyone found guilty of such behaviour will be baned for life.
But their actions could still damage the football club with Chesterfield announcing that “We have been asked by the FA to launch a full investigation, which will involve speaking to our players.”
If Vale are found guilty of their second rascist incident in two seasons, then punishment is likely – probably in the form of a fine or closure of part of the ground. It is a pity that the whole club could be punished but perhaps it will remind the individuals responsible that their actions do have consequences.
If you do know who was engaged in the abuse at the weekend, please contact Kick It Out anonymously through this link and report it.
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Racism at Vale Park
More coverage on the weekend’s shameful incidents
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- Vale make appeal for information
- FA call for rascism investigation
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- Vale fans accused of racial abuse