Oxford United’s Sam Deering fined for Facebook racism
Injured winger abuses nurses who cared for his broken leg
Oxford United youngster Sam Deering has been fined by his club after calling the nurses who treated him in hospital “f***ing Pakis” on the social networking site Facebook. The 21-year-old was receiving treatment for a broken leg sustained in a match against Salisbury on Boxing Day.
The winger changed his Facebook status to: “Sam is not very amused in this hospital bed, so bored!” This prompted a friend to comment: “Hope you have got some sexy nurses looking after you.” Deering then replied: “Nah, there [sic] f***ing pakis LOL.”
The comment could be seen by more than 1,000 of Deering’s Facebook friends.
Oxford chairman Kelvin Thomas said: “Knowing Sam and his background I am confident that he is not a racist, however he must understand that he is a role model and even his throwaway comments have an impact on people’s lives.”