Rival fan banned after racist abuse of Brighton supporter on Twitter

An Ipswich town fan who racially abused a Brighton supporter on Twitter has been banned from matches until the end of the season.

The offensive tweet was directed at an Albion fan who had asked why Ipswich supporters had apparently criticised the Seagulls’ association with American Express on a banner held up at the start of Brighton’s recent 3v0 home win over the Tractor Boys.

Posting shortly after the match, 17-year-old Ipswich fan Daniel Crack (posting as @D_CrackersITFC) responded by telling the Brighton season ticket holder to “get out of our country” before ending his tweet with another highly offensive racist phrase.

Police became aware of the tweet and shortly after the account was removed from the popular social networking website.

Earlier today Ipswich bosses confirmed the club had banned a teenage fan following a string of complaints.

Town chief executive Simon Clegg told the club’s official website. “There seems to have been a recent resurgence of homophobic and racist issues within football and as a club we are absolutely committed to supporting the Football Association and Football League in helping to stamp these out.

“Football is a game of passion both on the field and off it but we will not hesitate to take action against any individual associated with this club who is involved in inappropriate behaviour.

“Ipswich Town fans have an excellent reputation at home and away and I’m determined that the good name of the majority is protected.”