Former Newcastle United player given suspended prison sentence

Emre Belozoglu who played for Newcastle United between 2005 and 2008 has been given a suspended sentence following a racist slur he used.

Emre Belozoglu has never been too far away from controversies and he can count himself lucky that he isn't behind bars.

This latest offence was for a racist slur he used against former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora during a game between Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor in April 2012. It has taken this long for the case to be taken to court and he has received a two-and-a-half month suspended prison sentence. 

The court said the Fenerbahce midfielder's act constituted an insult crime of "religious, racist, ethnic, sexist or sectarian discrimination". His sentence has been suspended due to having no previous offences of a racist nature and in the belief that he will not repeat the offence.

However during his time at Newcastle he was accused of racism. The Football Association charged him in 2007 following racist abuse which was reported by Everton players Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott and Joseph Yobo.

Just two months later he had a case to answer once again. Two separate games resulted in Watford' Al Bangura and El Hadji-Diouf accusing the Turkish international of racism. Diouf did not want to follow up the claim but Bangura did. Newcastle continued to back their player and he was eventually cleared by the FA following the claims.

Even though he was cleared there is no smoke without fire and for the Turkish court to say due to no previous offences he has only been given a suspended sentence is rather surprising.

The numerous claims and offences are clearly not a coincidence and Emre can count himself as a very lucky man.

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