The Sp*rs fan who threw a banana skin at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banned from football for four years and fined £500.
At a hearing today, the magistrate decided there was a racist element to his actions, and imposed the sanction, saying, “We find it was a targeted gesture to throw a banana skin after a goal was scored by a black player.
“We have in the circumstances found the racial element was there.”
The man in question denied any racism, saying it was simply a spur of the moment action due to inflamed passions, but the courts have decided otherwise.
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And ahead of the Carabao Cup quarter-final tomorrow against the old enemy, Arsenal have released a statement to address fan behaviour.
This fixture always generates an exciting and passionate atmosphere, however we recently saw incidents where a small minority of fans have behaved unacceptably and unlawfully.
We appeal to both sets of supporters to get behind their team tomorrow in positive and respectful ways without any discriminatory behaviour.
If you witness any form of offensive chanting or discriminatory behaviour at the game, you can report it to a matchday steward or use our ‘See Something, Say Something’ service by texting FOUL to 67777 together with a description of the incident and location.
While the recent focus has been on other clubs and the behaviour of their fans, we’re not immune to some nasty chants, particularly around this fixture and use of the word Yids to describe Sp*rs fans.
Comedian Ian Stone addressed this well in a recent radio show, clip below:
‘That sort of casual anti-semitism is part of the problem’
— Love Sport Radio (@lovesportradio) December 14, 2018