Tom Pope suspended for six matches and fined £3,500 for breach of FA Rule E3

Friday 24 Jul 2020
Tom Pope suspended

Tom Pope has been suspended for six matches, fined £3,500 and must complete a face-to-face education course for an “Aggravated Breach” of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 5 January 2020. 

The Port Vale FC player denied that comments he made were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1), and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they included, whether express or implied, reference to race and/or religion and/or ethnic origin. 

An independent Regulatory Commission subsequently found the charge to be proven during a personal hearing. Written reasons for both a preliminary application ruling and the decision and sanction are available below. 

By FA Staff