It was announced today by Crawley Town FC that the fan who threw abusive comments at Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway during Saturday's pre-season friendly has had the initial ban he was handed, rescinded.
In a statement on the League One outfit's official website a spokesman said that the club would "not tolerate any behaviour that harms the relationship with other football clubs and their representatives or damages our reputation as a club that promotes a safe, family friendly environment at the Broadfield Stadium."
However, later on in the statement the club revealed: "...after further discussions with the Supporters Alliance and careful consideration of an appeal made by Paul, the club has decided to rescind the ban and Paul has agreed to move to a seat in another area of the stadium."
"I have always wound up the opposition manager from my seat behind the dugout, but on this occasion perhaps I went too far.
"Mr Holloway has gone on record as stating it had been the most stressful week of his managerial career and I may have helped to tip him over the edge. That was never my intention, I am extremely embarrassed about it and I am mortified that I caused embarrassment to my football club.
"Crawley Town is a massive part of my life. I am a committed supporter and very passionate about my team and they have enough to deal with preparing for the new season without this.
"I have spoken to co-owner Susan Carter and apologised personally and I just want to forget the incident. I have stepped down from my position with the Supporters Alliance and just want to get back to watching football, though perhaps with a slightly more reserved approach in future."
It was clear that both the club and the person involved were keen to put this incident behind themselves and carry on as per normal.
Is the action taken by Crawley Town enough, though? Should the ban really have been rescinded?
If the club wish to really show that this behaviour is intolerable, then surely a ban or even a fine should be enforced.
Holloway clearly indicated in a post-game interview with SkySports that the current week had been a real stress in his life, and although no mention of the incident was made he didn't fully explain why it had been a stress.
It is not only football clubs that seem to be lenient; the Football Association also have been quite forgiving in the bans they place on footballers who break the rules.
Is football as a whole too lenient, does it need to be tightened up?
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