The FA have charged Town midfielder David Norris £5,000 and warned him over his future conduct after he admitted a charge of improper conduct for his ‘handcuffs gesture’.
His ex-Plymouth teammate Luke McCormick was sentenced to seven years in prison for killing brothers Arron and Ben Peak on the M6 earlier this year. And after scoring against Blackpool, Norris celebrated using crossed-hands, dubbed the ‘handcuffs celebration’ of which was a private message to McCormick.
Norris was fined two weeks wages by Ipswich for his controversial goal celebration against Blackpool, of which was paid to a charity of Phil and Amanda Peak’s choice, parents of the two young lads killed.
After the hearing, a Regulatory Commission statement was released: ‘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 & 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 & Mrs Peak who were also very gracious in accepting the apology from Mr Norris.’