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Tom Pope banned for six matches and fined £3,500 by FA for alleged anti-semitic Twitter post

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Port Vale striker Tom Pope has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association for a Twitter post which was adjudged to be anti-semitic after he watched hundreds of conspiracy theory videos about the 9/11 attacks.

The 34-year-old has also been fined £3,500 and told to complete an education course after being found guilty of an ‘aggravated’ breach of the FA’s regulation on abusive speech.

The post appeared after an FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Manchester City.

Port Vale striker Tom Pope has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association

Port Vale striker Tom Pope has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association

Port Vale striker Tom Pope has been handed a six-match ban by the Football Association 

Pope's tweet appeared anti-Semitic in nature after being asked to 'predict the result of WWIII'

Pope's tweet appeared anti-Semitic in nature after being asked to 'predict the result of WWIII'

Pope’s tweet appeared anti-Semitic in nature after being asked to ‘predict the result of WWIII’

The player was asked on Twitter to ‘predict the WWIII result’ after scoring in his side’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat to Manchester City in January.

His reply, which was later deleted, read: ‘We invade Iran then Cuba then North Korea then the Rothchilds (sic) are crowned champions of every bank on the planet.’

The FA charged him with an ‘aggravated breach’ of FA Rule E3, which he denied. 

In its written reasons for finding against Pope, the commission observed: ‘When challenged as to the context in which he wrote [the message] and why he wrote it he explained that he had watched hundreds of conspiracy theory videos about the 9/11 attacks.

The 34-year-old was asked to 'predict the WWIII result' after scoring against Manchester City

The 34-year-old was asked to 'predict the WWIII result' after scoring against Manchester City

The 34-year-old was asked to ‘predict the WWIII result’ after scoring against Manchester City

‘He explained that he found the videos convincing in predicting the invasions of four countries – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. He believed, based on those videos, that the Rothschild banking business had funded the invasions of those eight countries so as to be able to take over their banks.’

Although Pope made no mention of the Rothschild’s religion in his messages, the commission found that ‘the ordinary reasonable person knows very well that the Rothschild family have been used for centuries as a synecdoche for the Jewish people – maligning the family in discourse in order to malign all Jewish people’.

The commission said it found that Pope still did not accept the offensive content of what he had written. 

Pope also caused controversy by mocking Manchester City defender John Stones

Pope also caused controversy by mocking Manchester City defender John Stones

Pope also caused controversy by mocking Manchester City defender John Stones

‘It is of particular concern that even now Mr Pope does not acknowledge the antisemitic message that is conveyed by the Statement’, it said. ‘It is also of concern that he has not seriously questioned the conspiracy theories that he has allowed to inform his views.’

The League Two club responded by expressing ‘disappointment’ at the decision and confirming their intention to appeal.

‘Tom Pope and the club have now received the decision and the written reasons for the decision of the FA tribunal in this case and have considered them with care. We are naturally disappointed in the outcome of what was, as the chairman of the tribunal noted at the end of the hearing, a difficult case,’ the club statement said.

‘We are pleased, however, that the tribunal acknowledged that there was no anti-Semitic intent on Tom’s part in posting the tweet concerned. Indeed, it was never even asserted by the Football Assertion that Tom held such beliefs, nor that he had any such intent when posting the tweet, as the tribunal points out in its decision.

The League Two club have confirmed their intention to appeal against the FA verdict

The League Two club have confirmed their intention to appeal against the FA verdict

The League Two club have confirmed their intention to appeal against the FA verdict

‘Tom wishes to re-emphasise that he is a strong supporter of all efforts to eradicate discrimination from the game and apologises to anyone who was offended by his tweet, albeit he did not intend any offence be caused, nor realise why his tweet might have been offensive at the time.

‘Tom removed the tweet immediately when the sensitivities surrounding it were highlighted to him online.

‘Tom and the club respect the decision in the case, but we do intend to appeal and are seeking advice in this regard.’

Pope has received two previous bans from the FA for his Twitter use and made headlines after mocking the Manchester City defender John Stones online earlier this year.

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Leeds United are tracking £7m-rated Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu

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Leeds United have asked about Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu. The 27-year old Romania international is available for around £7million.

Leeds are working from an extensive list as they target four or five signings this window.

They are also among the clubs to have made enquiries about Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.

Leeds United have asked about 27-year-old Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu

Leeds United have asked about 27-year-old Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu

Leeds United have asked about 27-year-old Slavia Prague forward Nicolae Stanciu

The energetic 20-year-old was outstanding for Swansea City in the Championship last season and is expected to discuss his next move with Chelsea this week.

A number of Premier League sides have asked to be kept informed as well as most of the Championship. 

Chelsea are understood to be leaning towards sending him out on another loan rather than selling at this stage.

Conor Gallagher was outstanding for Swansea City in the Championship last season

Conor Gallagher was outstanding for Swansea City in the Championship last season

Conor Gallagher was outstanding for Swansea City in the Championship last season

Leeds are exploring a number of options to strengthen their frontline and midfield while they also want cover at left-back and centre back which is a priority. 

Marcelo Bielsa, who is close to extending his contract this week, is keen to re-sign Ben White from Brighton but that will be difficult with two bids already rejected. They have also considered Arsenal’s Rob Holding.

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F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Max Verstappen BEATS Lewis Hamilton, Bottas third, Leclerc fourth – LATEST

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F1 is at Silverstone for a second week running and Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a similar result.

The Brit showed incredible calmness in last week’s British Grand Prix to win even after his tire punctured on the final lap.

Hamilton, 35, will start from second today, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas taking pole in qualifying.

Start time: 2.10pm BST

Follow all the updates from the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix below…

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Chelsea ‘make £20m move’ for John Stones as centre back remains top transfer target for Frank Lampard

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CHELSEA have reportedly made a £20million swoop to snap up Manchester City defender John Stones.

The 26-year-old England star is likely to leave the Etihad this summer following the £41m arrival of ex-Blues player Nathan Ake.

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Pep Guardiola moved quickly to land Bournemouth centre-back Ake, 25, after losing faith in Stones.

According to the Mirror, interest in the former Everton man has sparked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s interest.

The report adds that Lamps feels he can resurrect Stones’ career and is prepared to sanction a £20m move.

Chelsea struggled defensively in the Premier League despite securing a top four finish.

But they are set to face competition for Stones from his former boss David Moyes at West Ham.

Arsenal – managed by ex-City assistant Arteta – are also interested but the London club will have to sell before they can buy.

And Gunners legend Paul Merson recently admitted Stones would better suit his old club’s rivals Chelsea.


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He told Sky Sports: “I’d go and get John Stones for that, and play him in the middle of the three. Then I’d say have Antonio Rudiger and Christensen either side of them.

“Chelsea love to play out the back, they roll it out every time, so you need someone unbelievably good on the ball.

“If you have pace around them, I think it will help Chelsea; I think Stones would be a great buy, and he has to play in a three.”

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