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Teenage football fan given Banning Order

News   •   Feb 06, 2020 09:55 GMT

A 17-year-old AFC Bournemouth fan has been banned from attending football matches for three years after pleading guilty to chanting racist abuse.

At Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 4 February, the teenager, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to indecent/racial chanting during a football match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth on 30 November 2019.

He was given a three-year football banning order and ordered to pay a £55 fine and £21 surcharge.

Inspector Matt Ashmead, from the Met’s Public Order Investigation Team, said: “We take all reports of racism very seriously and as this case demonstrates, will take robust action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during football matches.

“The vast majority of fans obey the law and neither they nor the players should have to listen to any kind of abuse.

“We are committed to working closely with clubs to identify anyone acting against the law and would ask anyone who sees or hears this type of behaviour to come forward to stewards or police.”