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24th Jan 2022

Everton fan banned for three years for anti-Semitic chanting

Daniel Brown

He appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle on 20 January

An Everton supporter has been handed a three-year Football Banning Order (FBO) for anti-Semitic chanting during the Toffees’ Premier League match against Tottenham in November.

Michael Campbell, 44, of Aigburth Road, Liverpool was given the ban for shouting slurs towards Spurs fans at Goodison Park, where he was identified by witnesses, arrested and later charged following an investigation.

Mr Campbell appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle on 20 January, and he has been banned from attending any regulated football matches during a three year period.

In addition, the 44-year-old was ordered to pay a fine and court costs.

Everton confirmed “the incident took place in the Sir Philip Carter Park End Stand, near the divide with the away supporters, where the offender repeatedly shouted anti-Semitic insults”.

The club’s statement read: “While the behaviour of this individual does not represent our passionate fanbase or the values of our football club, they will not be tolerated or welcomed at Goodison Park.

“Everton is an inclusive football club that celebrates the diversity of all football supporters, players and staff.”

Detective Inspector Steven O’Neill said: “Hate crime in all its forms simply will not be tolerated and I hope this result sends a clear message that anyone found to commit hate crime offences anywhere on Merseyside will be brought to justice.

“Campbell will now have a criminal record and the consequences of this in the future could prove to be significant.”

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