Bournemouth fan, 17, given three-year football banning order after pleading guilty to racist chanting
Bournemouth have also announced the fan is banned from the Vitality Stadium for life
Last Updated: 06/02/20 5:10pm
A 17-year-old Bournemouth fan has been given a three-year football banning order after pleading guilty to chanting racist abuse during their game at Tottenham in November 2019.
The teenager, who cannot be named, was ordered to pay a £55 fine and £21 surcharge at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court, in addition to the ban he received, after he pleaded guilty to indecent/racial chanting in Bournemouth's 3-2 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 30.
Inspector Matt Ashmead, from the Met's Public Order Investigation Team, said: "We take all reports of racism very seriously and as this case demonstrates, will take robust action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during football matches.
"The vast majority of fans obey the law and neither they nor the players should have to listen to any kind of abuse.
"We are committed to working closely with clubs to identify anyone acting against the law and would ask anyone who sees or hears this type of behaviour to come forward to stewards or police."
Bournemouth went a step further and banned the fan for life from the Vitality Stadium.
"AFC Bournemouth welcome the court's decision to impose a three-year football banning order on a person present in the visiting section, following an incident at our fixture at Tottenham Hotspur last November," a club statement read.
"In addition to the court-imposed football banning order, this member of the public - who we refuse to acknowledge as a supporter - will also receive a lifetime ban from AFC Bournemouth.
"Discrimination has no place in any area of society and these actions have absolutely no place at our football club or among our fan base, either.
"AFC Bournemouth work tirelessly to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all and we are disgusted and angered that this person acted in this way."