Everton FC supporter denies hand in fan being banned from club

Everton FC supporter denies hand in fan being banned from club
Wee touring the club during a recent visit.

PETALING JAYA - Ardent Everton FC supporter Richard Wee has denied making a complaint regarding racist and homophobic comments against him on Twitter, which resulted in the poster's ban from attending the club's matches at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Britain.

"People have been accusing me of reporting him to Everton, but I have no doing in this," said Wee in an exclusive interview with The Star Online.

Wee clarified that he did not receive the letter that was supposedly sent out to the banned fan.

"The letter wasn't even addressed to me, and was marked 'private and confidential' according to a picture circulating on the Internet.

"I had no idea that a letter was sent to him until I saw it on Twitter," said Wee, a lawyer and also the Malaysia Bar's secretary.

"I feel saddened that some were blaming me for it," said the 41-year-old.

Wee said he first heard news of the ban on Twitter user @WhereAreYaEFC through social media on Saturday night.

"My Twitter went bonkers. I flew back to Malaysia from Singapore, switched on my phone and got over a hundred messages," he said.

According to Wee, he called up Everton on Sunday evening (Malaysian time) to clarify the situation.

He said the club informed him that they had contacted the person responsible for the tweets and banned him from all Everton matches at Goodison Park until further notice.

"I got a private message from Everton saying that the tweets were racist and homophobic, and that they have a zero-tolerance policy on racism and homophobia," said Wee.

Nasty messages and racist comments are not unusual for Wee, who hit headlines in February after his plans to see Everton live for the first time in 30 years were derailed when the Toffees' match against Crystal Palace was postponed due to adverse weather.

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