Derby

Derby County football fan guilty of racist abuse

  • 15 February 2013
  • From the section Derby
Adam Smith
Smith shouted abuse at two black players during a match at Pride Park

A football fan has been found guilty of racially abusing two black players at a Derby County home match at Pride Park.

Adam Smith, 34, of Merrill Way, Allenton, was heard by other fans abusing Derby's Nathan Tyson and Birmingham City striker Marlon King.

He denied two charges of racially aggravated, abusive and threatening behaviour during the November game.

Derby magistrates said there was "a compelling account" of the racist incident from three witnesses.

The court was told three fans sitting in front of Smith heard him shout racist insults at the players.

Several people who attended the game with Smith said he had not said anything about the players.

Derbyshire Police said: "Neither the police nor Derby County FC will tolerate any racist behaviour or abuse at Pride Park.

"This sort of behaviour is not acceptable at the ground or indeed anywhere."

Smith will be sentenced on 4 March and will also face a football banning order.

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