Francis Jeffers appeared in court today and was fined for a malicious communications offence. It relates to "vile messages" of a threatening nature sent to his estranged wife. He's also received a Restraining Order.
He's a member of Everton U23s' coaching staff. Everton are a family club and have been campaigning to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse. It remains to be seen if Jeffers will keep his job or Everton will take a zero tolerance policy to his actions.
The sentence imposed by the court is at the bottom end of the range of sentencing so it is not a particularly serious offence by any stretch of the imagination. It will be a tricky decision for the club and one I expect Denise Barrett-Baxendale to make.
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1 Posted 30/10/2019 at 14:16:08
I always think this kind of thing is tricky. The law courts handle criminal complaints and issue penalties. Do we as a broader society have the right to then add on our own penalties?
If he were a plumber, would he lose his job and his ability to work based on an offence? If so, are we saying there is no criminal justice reform so ex-cons are to be like Jean Val-Jean and wander from town to town as outcasts from society?
It is clearly embarrassing for the club, but surely the man has a right to continue to earn money and continue his career. I would think, some kind of public penance, counseling, making him help out at abuse victims clinics or something would be a better way to go than just sacking him.
2 Posted 30/10/2019 at 16:40:47
3 Posted 30/10/2019 at 16:52:01
4 Posted 30/10/2019 at 17:43:34
5 Posted 30/10/2019 at 17:49:45
7 Posted 30/10/2019 at 18:22:06
8 Posted 30/10/2019 at 18:33:59
9 Posted 30/10/2019 at 18:46:34
This isn't his first trip off the deep end. He was arrested some years back for beating up his then-father-in-law -- the cops took a broomstick away from him -- and I'm pretty sure he was sacked by one of his previous clubs (Wednesday, maybe?) for head-butting an opponent.
Counseling and public penance? Sure, if this were a one-off or related to a disease like substance abuse for which Jeffers had sought help. But this isn't that. I'm pretty liberal in these areas, but I frankly don't think Jeffers' "right" to continue his career quite measures up to his ex-wife's right to live without harassment and threats... and the right of our young players to have a role model who isn't a complete asshole.
Red card for me. Right now.
10 Posted 30/10/2019 at 18:53:09
I didn't realize about chartered engineers. I knew Doctors could get struck off but I thought that was only if they were like Harold Shipman and actually murdered patients etc. But I get your point.
I didn't know about his prior or the broomstick. Maybe he should be a witch and fly off. I was just thinking in terms of his lack of skill to perform another career. But if as you say, he is a periodically violent SOB, in addition to already being a one time Everton traitor, then yes Red card from me too.
11 Posted 30/10/2019 at 18:56:08
Employers should, and do, have the right to expect a certain standard of behaviour from their employees and they should be able to fire employees who's standards fall below what's acceptable.
There are numerous offences that wouldn't "physically" affect an individuals ability to do the job they're employed to do but that shouldn't preclude them from getting the boot should they commit certain offences.
12 Posted 30/10/2019 at 19:05:39
So no grudge from me on that one.
13 Posted 30/10/2019 at 19:10:34
It worked out in our favor ultimately but it was more his attitude prior to it when he came from nowhere as a "wonder kid" and suddenly his family are all "our Franny is too good for Everton" and what not before he eventually got that move. Then he came back with his tail between his legs on loan. He proceeded to get into it with Moyes about lack of playing time only to strop off once again. Yet we bring him back for a third time.
14 Posted 30/10/2019 at 19:11:45
15 Posted 01/11/2019 at 15:24:07
16 Posted 01/11/2019 at 17:54:35
17 Posted 03/11/2019 at 10:55:41
Personally, I feel that to have the privilege of enjoying such a high profile career it is reasonable that the expectations regarding conduct should be higher as he is a role model: that's not just because he shat on the club by the way.
18 Posted 03/11/2019 at 11:02:26
19 Posted 03/11/2019 at 11:15:49
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