Man apologises after racially abusing police officer at football match
A man who racially abused a police officer at a football match has admitted he “made a mistake” with his comments and actions and apologised.
David Masters, 70, of Highcliffe Drive in Sheffield, was working as a programme seller at the Sheffield United vs Coventry City match at Bramall Lane on the evening of Wednesday, 5 April.
Police say at around 6.50pm, two officers working the match were stood outside the stadium at the turnstiles when Masters approached one of them and made a racially abusive comment.
The officer questioned what Masters had said to him out of disbelief, and Masters repeated his comments.
The second officer tried to move Masters away and advise him his behaviour was unacceptable, however he ignored the advice and again approached and reached out touching the first officer’s beard and making further racially abusive comments.
Masters was arrested and later charged with racially aggravated section 5 public order.
He appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and entered a guilty plea to the offence. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge, as well as being dismissed by Sheffield United.
From: ITV News