Exeter City fan given three year ban after shouting racist abuse at a player
An Exeter City fan has been given a three year football ban after shouting racist abuse during a home game.
Glen Mills, of Wonford Street, Exeter, pleaded guilty today at Exeter Magistrates Court to a charge of intentional disorderly conduct that was racially aggravated.
The court heard the 46-year-old shouted racist abuse at a player during a game against Hartlepool at St James Park on Saturday 12 September.
Racist comments were directed at Hartlepool striker Rakish Bingham. Fellow city fans alerted stewards and the police were notified.
Prosecutor Chris Brittlestone said: “When Mr Mills was interviewed by the police he was entirely forthcoming about what happened and that he said it. As regard to the situation, he said Mr Bingham had dived near the penalty area.”
He continued that Mr Mills, whose main passion was said to be Exeter City Football Club, told police he had come out with a racial chant because “I was so angry I gave it all”.
James Calderbank, defending, told the court Mr Mills had been profoundly deaf since the age of five and had been signed off work because of his arthritis.
District judge Stephen Nicholls imposed a three year football banning order, a five week curfew between 8pm and 7am, and ordered he pay prosecution costs of 85, plus additional fees.
He said: “Dealing with you, I have given you credit for your guilty plea and taken into account you have no previous convictions and this is your first appearance in court. Clearly it’s a serious matter which you pleaded guilty to.”
Speaking at the time of the incident, Exeter chairman Julian Tagg said: “The club works extremely hard in all such aspects and we are practically proactive in the Kick It Out programme.
“We have a zero tolerance position on this behaviour.”
Praising the fans who came forward, the chairman added:
“We are reliant on the fans at the game and it is a fan owned club and we are grateful for them for pointing out this type of behaviour.
“We would commend and support the fans and thank them for bringing this to our attention and helping police in their investigations.”