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Friday, 10 February 2012

England football plunged into fresh racism row as new caretaker manager Stuart Pearce is revealed as brother of dedicated BNP supporter

The England football team was plunged into a fresh racism row last night as caretaker manager Stuart Pearce's family links to the BNP resurfaced
Dennis Pearce, the current England U-21 boss's brother, is a BNP supporter who stood as a Parliamentary candidate for the far-Right party.
And the appointment of Pearce, 49, has again brought into the spotlight racial controversy he himself was embroiled in as a player in 1994.
He was forced to apologise to black footballer Paul Ince for allegedly racially abusing him during a Premier League game.
A surprised Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England, yesterday dismissed questions over the caretaker manager's sibling.
He said: ‘Stuart has made it clear in the past that he is not involved in his brother’s political beliefs.’
Speaking in 2009, Pearce said: 'My brother's political views are his own and are not in anyway reflected in my own views.'
Dennis added: 'I don't discuss politics with Stuart. I'm close to my brother. We both believe and vote in a democracy.
'Our family has got different views and respect other people's views. We don't dictate to each other what we should think.'
With regard to the incident with Ince, Mr Bevington said yesterday: ‘I certainly can’t talk about the comment you’re raising there.’
The clash between the footballers prompted the Professional Footballers' Association — which was running an anti-racism campaign at the time — to intervene.
Pearce allegedly made the comments to Manchester United's Ince — an England colleague — during a Premier League game at Old Trafford in 1994, when he was playing for Nottingham Forest.

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