Oldham have recognized the Football Association within their”lenient” punishment of their former player Anthony Gerrard for a”stereotypical joke”.

The club says Gerrard posted a message concerning the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in a players’ whats app group.

Gerrard, currently at Carlisle, was given a letter of warning by the FA, cautioned about his future conduct and has to attend an instruction program.

The protector, 32, was sacked by Oldham in August for”gross misconduct”.

The Latics said they were”disappointed with the FA’s lenient punishment of the racist behaviour displayed”.

‘Questions needs to be requested’ of FA punishment

Oldham’s announcement added:”Whilst the club welcome football’s governing body working with this particular specific incident, [it’s ] was a significant thing which we believe have not yet been handled appropriately.

“We think questions have to be asked concerning in conclusion of this analysis.

“In light of the recent, long overdue debate surrounding racism in soccer as a club feel this degree of punishment doesn’t do enough to support the tough work that golf clubs do to postage racism out of football.”

Gerrard, who’s the cousin of Rangers director and former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, proceeded into fellow League Two team Carlisle after his mum.

He’s under contract before January and is in talks of a new bargain at Brunton Park.

“We’re pleased it has now been handled,” director of football David Holdsworth told Carlisle’s website.

“For us, here at Carlisle United, we’ve introduced a new code of conduct to all players and staff on the other side of the club, and everybody is fully conscious of the responsibilities when it comes to getting together with fans, or with one another, on societal networking or in person.”

News of Gerrard’s punishment uses some racist events in football in recent weeks.

Police have interviewed an individual under warning after allegations of egregious abuse towards Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling throughout his side’s Premier League loss at Chelsea on 8 December.

Chelsea may also be under evaluation from Uefa after allegations of antisemitic chants throughout last week’s Europa League game at MOL Vidi.

And on Tuesday a Tottenham fan was fined and banned from football for 3 years for throwing a banana skin at Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang after he scored in the North London derby on 2 December.


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