Football fan banned from attending matches after racist monkey chants 4 months ago

Football fan banned from attending matches after racist monkey chants

He received a three-year football banning order

A racist football fan who made monkey gestures towards a rival supporter has been banned from attending any games in the UK for three years.

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Neil Grainger, 36, was seen making offensive hand movements during a Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.

Grainger - a Baggies fan - made the offensive gesture while sitting in the home stand during West Brom's 1-0 win over their Midlands rivals on October 15 last year.

Another fan saw what Grainger was doing and reported him to a police officer who arrested him.

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Convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence

Grainger, of Cheslyn Hay, Staffs, was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence after a trial at Dudley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (March 30).

He received a three-year football banning order, forbidding him from attending any match across the UK until March 2025.

He was also handed a fine and court costs totalling almost £1,500.

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'These were appalling and very offensive actions' - PC Stuart Ward

PC Stuart Ward, West Midlands Police football hate crime officer, said: "These were appalling and very offensive actions which have no place within football or society in general.

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"The supporter who witnessed this did exactly the right thing in reporting it, as it helped us secure a criminal conviction against Grainger.

"The supporter told us they felt disgusted and ashamed anyone could do this at a match, and it's a view I'm sure proper football fans will share.

"This conviction not only tarnishes Grainger's reputation but can impact on employment and travel in future.

"He's also lost a hobby in not being able to attend football games.

"It was clear during the pandemic how much football fans missed being at a live game with friends or family.

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"Now through his own highly offensive actions he must miss out again for another three years."

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