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Wellin­gbo­rough Town Chairman banned for sexist remarks

  


Wellin­gbo­rough Town chairman Martin Potton has been found guilty of making sexist comments about a female referee.­ 
 
Martin Potton is alleged to have made the comments during the game refereed by Mary Harmer. Wellin­gbo­rough were losing 7-0 to AFC Rushden & Diamonds last April when he was overheard to say that Harmer was "not fit enough to referee a women's match, let alone a men's game". He was then alleged to have made further comments about other women in sporting roles.
 
He told BBC Sport "I deny all the charges but was found guilty in my absence as I was denied the opportunity of a personal hearing." 
 
Lindsay England, founder of equality group Just A Ball Game, told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that she was at the United Counties League Premier Division match last April and overheard the comments. She reported him to the Football Association, and others complained as well.
 
Potton was banned for the maximum five games by an FA disciplinary commission and fined £75 after being found guilty of using derogatory and insulting language towards an offical. He was also ordered to attend a mandatory education lesson.
 
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