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Could The FA do more to discourage racism? A review of the Bernardo Silva decision

Friday, 20 December 2019 By Thomas Horton

This article analyses The FA Regulatory Commission’s decision in the case of Bernardo Silva and considers the impact of the episode on combatting racism in football.

  • The facts of the case;
  • Decision and written reasons of the FA Regulatory Commission;
  • Sanctions available and comparable cases;
  • Comment – are we doing enough to kick racism out of football?

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Thomas Horton

Thomas Horton

Thomas Horton is an associate (barrister) at Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP’s London office, practising in the firm’s sports litigation department. Thomas specialises in contentions and regulatory sports matters, regularly representing and advising football clubs, football players and football intermediaries. Thomas regularly appears before sports governing bodies’ disciplinary commissions. Thomas was ranked in the Legal 500, 2022 – London Bar – Sport as a ‘Rising Star’, and in November 2021 was appointed to Sport Resolutions’ Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel. Thomas regularly writes on sports law issues, particularly concerning football, and has provided analysis for various news providers, including the BBC, Sky Sports News and The Athletic.

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