Football fan banned for racist abuse of player
A supporter at a Gillingham game has been hit with a three-year Football Banning Order after pleading guilty to the racial harassment of a Peterborough player.
Tony Edward Jackson, 33, of Medway Road in Sheerness, was arrested during a League One fixture between Gillingham and Peterborough United at Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday 16 September.
He was later charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, which he admitted and as well as the banning order, he was given a community order to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that during the second half, Jackson was sat behind the Peterborough dug-out and was heard by the victim shouting abuse at a player leaving the pitch during a substitution.
It caused the victim, who was sitting on the substitutes’ bench to turn and look at him. As he did so, Jackson shouted a racially offensive comment which was likely to incite public disorder.
Officers were made aware of the incident and arrested Jackson at the stadium.
Jackson was served a three-year Football Banning Order, which precludes him from attending any football match above Conference South level, which is the second tier of non-league football, upwards.
The orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to and attending football matches, both at home and abroad. Anyone who commits a football-related offence at one of these stadiums can be arrested and a Football Banning Order applied for.
From ITV News