Norris fined £5,000 by FA

IPSWICH Town star David Norris has today been fined £5,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct relating to his goal celebration against Blackpool.

IPSWICH Town star David Norris has today been fined £5,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct relating to his goal celebration against Blackpool.

The cash will be paid to charity.

Norris admitted the charge but asked for a personal hearing, which took place today.

Norris made a gesture in support of jailed former Plymouth team mate Luke McCormick after scoring against Blackpool earlier this month, a move which sparked public outcry.

McCormick was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving in relation to a crash which killed young brothers Ben and Arron Peak in the summer. The keeper was also over the drink-drive limit.

Norris issued an immediate apology, wrote to Amanda and Phil Peak - the parents of the two boys - and made a personal apology at a meeting with the family in Manchester recently.

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He was also fined two weeks' wages by the club.

The 27-year-old was not charged with making the gesture itself and the FA has accepted his claim that it was not a handcuffs sign.

An FA statement this afternoon said: “This was an act of immense naivety by Mr Norris, who should have considered the possible implications of his actions.

“However, we have also considered the subsequent actions by Mr Norris in not only writing to Mr and Mrs Peak but by personally meeting the family to apologise for his behaviour.

“The Commission accepts the explanation of his gesture and that the remorse shown by Mr Norris to be genuine during this very sad time for Mr and Mrs Peak, who were also very gracious in accepting the apology from Mr Norris.”

The fine will be donated to a charity established by the Peak family.