The FA are appealing the ban imposed on former Crawley boss John Yems

The Football Association has appealed the ban against former Crawley boss John Yems.

An independent regulatory panel banned Yems until June 2024 after he pleaded guilty to one charge and was found guilty of 11 others related to comments referring to ethnicity, color, race, nationality, religion, belief or gender in 2019 -2022.

The FA pushed for a two-year ban and said last week it “fundamentally disagrees” with the panel’s findings that it was not a case of “deliberate racism”.

The FA’s chief executive Mark Bullingham revealed on Wednesday that his organization was exploring legal options and the governing body confirmed the appeal.

“We are appealing the sanction imposed by an independent panel on John Yems,” the FA said in a statement.

“We believe a longer sentence is appropriate. We cannot comment until the appeal is finalized.”

The anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out described the panel’s sanction as a “slap in the face” given what it deemed to be 11 proven allegations against Yems.

The Yems investigation began after a number of players from the Sky Bet League Two club complained to the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Jason Lee, EDI’s senior director of education, welcomed the FA’s decision to appeal and added: “The (panel’s) full written reasoning, which was released last week, essentially justifies the behavior and language that led to the 11 allegations of abuse being upheld. discriminatory behavior and a ban issued.

“We believe that the committee did not need to assess his language and behavior in this way, other than to decide whether it was discriminatory. They clearly stated that they did, but going beyond that in their written justifications, they provided a justification that is completely unnecessary and, in our opinion, completely unfounded.

“In doing so, they have caused anger and upset for many, including those who have come forward to the PFA to ensure that John Yems is held accountable. Each person is responsible for the impact of his words and his behavior. There should be no excuses.

“As their union, the PFA will continue to support committed players as they move forward.”

Yems said in a radio interview last Thursday that if anyone owes an apology over the matter, it’s him.

He told talkSPORT: “I was not considered racist, I never used racist language with intent.

“If someone needs an apology, I think I do, abuse and all I’ve been given and when people didn’t even have the courtesy to ask me.

“I don’t think anyone is looking at this with any openness. If you go in there, I think I have a few apologies in store.”

Kick It Out later issued a statement welcoming the FA’s appeal of the “woefully inadequate” initial sanction.

“It is important to immediately begin an in-depth review of the current disciplinary process to understand how the initial conclusion that John Yems was not a ‘knowing racist’ could have been reached,” the charity said in a statement.

“We continue our dialogue with the FA and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all victims of racist and discriminatory abuse receive the justice they deserve.”

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