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Redcar pensioner denies racist gesture at Middlesbrough match

Ernest Goult Image copyright Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Image caption Ernest Goult denies making a racist gesture at Middlesbrough's game against Blackburn Rovers in November

A pensioner has denied making a racist gesture at a football match.

Ernest Goult, 72, is accused of making the gesture at Middlesbrough's Championship home game against Blackburn Rovers in November.

Blackburn players Markus Olsson, Rudy Gestede and Lee Williamson are expected to give evidence at a trial later this year.

Mr Goult, from Redcar, was granted unconditional bail at a hearing at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Middlesbrough had been leading the game 1-0 until Gestede scored a controversial equaliser deep into stoppage time.

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