Changes to the FA rules on fans’ behaviour could mean Vale facing ground closure or even a points deduction if fans are found guilty of racist abuse.
A small number of Vale fans are accused of racially abusing Chesterfield players at the weekend. The incident follows a similar incident against Bradford City last season and both incidents have been roundly condemned by the club and right-thinking fans.
The incident is being investigated by Staffordshire police, both clubs, the FA and the Football League.
Changes in the FA’s rules were brought in to align the English game with UEFA regulations for European competitions. They mean the FA can now take action against clubs if their supporters are found guilty of racist, homophobic or anti-semitic behaviour. If found guilty Vale could be given a hefty fine, be made to play behind closed doors or even be docked points.
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