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Fan banned for being 'a smart Alec'

Fan banned for being 'a smart Alec'

I know this is not about Pompey but it has come from my mate Ken at the FSF and in my thinking it shows just how crazy football has become and how much power people seem to think they have...at any level!

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Taunton Town Football Club fan Paul Chandler, has been banned from his own team's ground for being an "ass" and "a smart Alec" according to the club's chairman.

The story began last year when Taunton Town's board met with the Supporters' Club who 55-year-old Paul was then chairman of. Town's fans had fears over the way their club was being run and raised these legitimate queries with the board who responded by declaring the Supporters' Club a "disgrace" who had no right to ask any questions!

Following this the board announced the Supports' Club had been disbanded - something they had absolutely no right or authority to do. The Supporters' Club carried on as usual.

Paul has been refused entry ever since. The club have never replied to his letters or given any explanation whatsoever, even in the letter telling him he was banned - that is until the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) stepped in.

Ken Malley, chair of the FSF's South West and South Wales Division attended the Football Club's AGM. Despite questions from Ken and other supporters the board refused to clarify why Paul had been banned. The board would not even allow Paul entry to discuss himself!

Following the AGM the FSF wrote to the club again on Paul's behalf asking for a reason for the ban and the right to appeal.

At last the club wrote back to the FSF branding Paul an "ass" and "a smart Alec" - as the club have still refused to give any other specific reasons for the banning we can only presume this is it!

Paul Chandler, former chair of Taunton Town FC's Supporters' Club, said:

"All I wanted from the club was the chance to defend myself. If I'm banned they should at least tell me why and give me the right to appeal. If that makes me an "ass" and "a smart Alec" then who knows what it makes the legal system in the UK where this is a fundamental point of principle!"

Ken Malley, chair of the FSF's South West and South Wales Division, said:

"Fans should only be banned for reasons of disorder or violence - not for asking awkward questions to their team's board. Paul's crime was so heinous the club won't even tell him what he's done. What a joke."


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Writer:Football Supporters Federation (FSF)
Date:Friday June 12 2009
Time: 3:18PM

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I don't know how many fans Taunton Town have, but this suggest they don't deserve them. Come & support Pompey, mate - you know you want to!
tracyc
12/06/2009 23:29:00
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ken had been keeping me updated with this one for a while now - its fair enough banning someone if they have done something wrong, but if not how can you justify that? simply 'questioning the board' isnt a valid enough reason to ban anyone!
pompeyrug
13/06/2009 11:12:00
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This is worse than the Chinese People's Armed Police shooting political dissidents!
Lysimachus
13/06/2009 12:57:00
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