A FOOTBALL fan who hurled vile racist abuse at a Liverpool player has been banned from attending any sports events in the UK.
Huddersfield supporter John Brook was nicked by police after subjecting the unnamed Reds star to sick insults during the club’s match at Anfield on April 26.
Fellow fans in the ground were so appalled they reported the behaviour of the 54-year-old from Huddersfield.
That allowed officers to successfully arrest and detain him before hitting him with a charge of a racially/religiously aggravated public order offence after Liverpool had cruised to a 5-0 victory over The Terriers.
Magistrates at South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle took a dim view of Brook’s behaviour and hit him with a fine.
They also ordered that he be barred from any sporting event that takes place anywhere in the Uk for the next three years.
Match Commander, Superintendent Paul White, said: “This was a despicable incident in which Brook verbally abused a player.
“Harassment, including that which is racially or religiously aggravated, will not be tolerated by police and we are doing all we can to eradicate such behaviour from sporting events and ensure those responsible are strongly punished.
“Spectators and participants at public events should not have to tolerate any form of hate crime, which often leaves families and young people fearful.”
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He added: “We work closely with management and staff from Liverpool FC and all our football teams, and this outcome was made possible by the diligence of officers and stewards on duty at this game.
“I would also like to warn anyone thinking about engaging in this type of behaviour that we will pursue all such incidents until offenders are brought to justice. It is vital that anyone who witnesses such offences reports them to stewards or the police immediately, and we can take the necessary action.”
“We would also encourage any members of the community with information to speak with officers or stewards at the ground, or to call 101.”