Online racist abuse of Norwich City manager Chris Hughton sparks police investigation

Norwich Manager Chris Hughton during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London, on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich Manager Chris Hughton during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London, on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, October 21, 2013
1:18 PM

A police investigation was under way today after Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was the subject of vile racist abuse.

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The offensive remark, which we are choosing not to repeat, was left on a Norwich City FC Fan Club Facebook page following the club’s 4-1 defeat on Saturday.

It was later removed following a storm of protest from Norwich city fans on the site. It is the second time this month the manager has been subjected to racist abuse on social media.

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Following the latest incident, one fan who emailed police about the message said officers called at his house within an hour to investigate, and said they had been contacted by a number of other fans. The man, who has supported Norwich City for 55 years but asked not to be named, said that while debate on the site can get “terse”, he had not seen racist language before.

He added: “To be quite honest, I could not believe that someone had written something like that. I found it disgusting, absolutely disgusting.”

Another City fan, Matt Crowhurst, said: “I was absolutely appalled to read a comment like that, especially considering the high profile on racial comments in football at the moment. No matter what you think of the result, or the manager himself, there is no place for any language like that.

“Having three children myself I think it is important to show them that type of language isn’t acceptable.

“One good thing to come out of this is the way that everyone on the Facebook group, regardless of how unhappy they were with both the result, and for some, the manager, quickly rounded on the poster telling him in no uncertain terms that what he had posted was inexcusable. Many reported him to both the police and the club.”

In a comment later posted on his personal Facebook page, the person who made the original comment wrote: “The Norwich Fan Club group members are going absolutely mental at me now, threatening to report me to the Polizei. Knee-jerk reaction much?”

A spokesman for Norfolk police said: “We can confirm that we have received reports of a racist remark posted on a Norwich City fan club site and police are investigating. The comment has since been taken down from the site.

“Norfolk Constabulary takes any incident of hate crime very seriously. No incident is seen as trivial, and any report is investigated thoroughly.

“Norwich City Football Club has been informed.”

Earlier this month police confirmed they were investigating a separate report of racist abuse targeting the Norwich manager on a Facebook page called **OFFICIAL**!!! Ipswich-Norwich fans banter/insult/joke page, which is not officially connected to either club.

Mr Hughton said at the time he was “hurt and angry” by the personal attack, adding: “It’s very disappointing and sad. People are working very hard to make sure this type of abuse doesn’t exist.

“But it is still something that I should not have to be dealing with in this day and age.”

Norwich players James Vaughan, now at Huddersfield, and Sebastien Bassong, have also been subjected to racist abuse in the past. The fan behind the abuse of James Vaughan was subsequently banned for life.

24 comments

  • Les, what has the Master Chief got to do with this story?

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    Piranha24

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • I don't use social media, but presumably the best thing would just be to scrap it altogether. I can't see the point of it, I have survived for over 50 years without it and I will continue to do so. It is completely frivolous and hopefully just a passing fad, get over it and get a life ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • And there is no way in hell I'm apologising to Steve Downes. People with opinions like him are dangerous to our football club.

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    Steady On

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • At least anyone convicted won't waste their money going to Carrow Road to watch the dross Hughton serves up

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Canaryinslovenia. I hope you stay in Slovenia. Your comments show that every club has an idiot minority of followers (but I won't comment on whether I think you belong in that category). As for Hughton, he leads by example and I think we are lucky to have him at our club.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

  • Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Ethered! What I wanted to say was whilst it is good Seb Bassong and Nathan Redmond spending time with school children and addressing racism, it's important for White colleagues to also be visible as role models condemning racism, Indeed, that's probably more important. Also that there is a danger this gets into a White Black polarised issue when it has to include people having other ethnicities and backgrounds - North African and Middle Eastern players for instance, And players from South America. I write this as an Equalities and divrsity professional working in London. It's an issue of inclusion and the solution lies in a broad range of people from visibly differrent cultural backgrounds together condemning it, including White British.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

  • At least anyone convicted won't waste their money going to Carrow Road to watch the dross Hughton serves up

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • "Social" media are poisoning our society, giving a bandstand to the ignorant and cowardly, who would not have the guts to express their opinions to anybody face to face.

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    cornwallcanary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • The stupid little troll was quite happy with his work too, boasting on his own page about being racist and upsetting Norwich fans. Glad its being investigated by the police and the little ignoramus is not getting away with it

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    Piranha24

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • We do not want to go back to the bad old days when black people in football were routinely racially abused and the racists got away with it.Things have changed for the better.Let's keep it that way.The manager deserves 100% support from the fans.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

  • Sticks and stones can break your bones but names cannot hurt you.........or so I thought What a lot of hype about nothing.....

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    MIKEJ

    Friday, October 25, 2013

  • We all know that this is a minority voice and that the majority of fans have no time for racism and associated comments. Having gone to both the Chelsea and Arsenal games, I have 100% faith in CH and the team. They are playing well and have come up against great players hitting good form. If we continue to play like we have done in the last 2 games, we will win more than we lose. OTBC.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • I still think that if I can post under my real name so can anyone, and I would like to encourage everyone to do just that. I have no problems with criticisms, it’s a free country, but we don’t need this viciousness, I much prefer my comments to be laced with a bit of humour, yes I know what makes one person laugh will make another etc. I would like to see some of us get together and send Steve Downes an apology, why not, it won’t cost us anything, and what’s wrong with a little bit of dignity, and humility, in our postings. We can still have our opinions, let’s go for it.

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    Les Lawrence

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • MIKEJ - As long as there are people with your attitude, racism will continue to be a problem. Maybe if you were in a position to understand how it feels to be on the receiving end you would realize this is NOT hype about nothing.

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    Johny

    Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • The disgust from decent people is clear, we do not want people like this to get away with such actions. We are very , very fortunate to have such a quality manager at NCFC. The comments against CH are symptomatic of those who cannot see progress within the club. After 66 years of supporting City I am delighted with the progress being made after staggering through crisis after crisis. The quality of football on offer now is the best, we may not always be the team offering it, but one thing about the Premiership it has attracted most of the best players in the world for us to watch. Chris Hughton is a class act and we are very fortunate to have such a manager to take us on the trail of more progress for our club.

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    willb

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Absolutely no need for it. Still disgusting to see that some people are so narrowed minded to post stupidity like that. Second time in a matter of weeks too. What is going on with the world?

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    Mr. Livers

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • At least anyone convicted won't waste their money going to Carrow Road to watch the dross Hughton serves up

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Absolutely shameful, there is a section of our fanbase that are genuinely ill in the head.

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    Steady On

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Any racism directed to our manager is totally unacceptable.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • CiS, may I just suggest if you've had enough of this "dross" then support a different team, if you can't accept that we're unable to beat every team each week and therefore lift the title, may I suggest that you go and support one of the 'top 4 teams'.

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    NorthCity

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Good to see Seb Bassong and Nathan Redmond speaking out to the children BUT kids have to also see White footballers speaking out as well. Colour racism should not be left to Black players to speak out against, White players have to role model speaking out against it as well. And we have to see this as beyond Black and White - there are Asian footballers and footballers from North Africa and the Middle East who may also experience racism who are not Black. I write all this as an Equalities and Diversity professional working in London.

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

  • Don't know why I was ethered, but my post was a rant against the stupidity and irrelevance of what is known as social media. Sooner this evil trend disappears the better - it seems to create too much trouble as people abuse it constantly.

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 21, 2013

  • Also, its Norwich City Fan Club, not Norfolk City Fan Club, early start Archant?

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    Piranha24

    Monday, October 21, 2013

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