A Nottinghamshire man has been handed a three-year football ban after he shouted racial abuse at a Manchester City fan at a match in 2019.
Chelsea fan Antony Crump, 28, was found guilty of intentional racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress at Tameside Magistrates' Court on 9 June, after his trial was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Crump, of Hereford Close, Worksop, was banned from attending games for three years and fined £1,700.
Nottinghamshire Police said the offence related to a match at the Etihad stadium between Manchester City and Chelsea on 23 November 2019.
The force said the incident was reported to a steward but the exchange continued, and the racial slur was repeated again, this time witnessed by another steward and another Manchester City supporter.Copyright: Getty Images
Supt Suk Verma, strategic lead for hate crime at Nottinghamshire Police, said the force was determined to stamp out racial abuse and treat all reports seriously.
"No member of society should face such abuse wherever they are, especially when at their place of work - and this applies for anyone, whether they are a professional sports player or otherwise," he said.
"With fans hopefully continuing to return to stadiums in the coming weeks and months, this conviction is a reminder to anyone who thinks of engaging in such intolerable abuse that we will work robustly to prosecute perpetrators of hate crime and bring them to some justice."
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