A man has been received a three-year ban and a £965 fine after being arrested for shouting homophobic abuse at a football match against Chelsea FC at Brighton’s Amex.
George Bradley, 20, a door-to-door salesman of Dabin Crescent, Greenwich, London was ejected from the away section of the Brighton and Hove Albion stadium in Falmer on Sunday 16 December.
Bradley appeared in front of Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 3 January) where he pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for Brighton and Hove Albion said: “It underlines both their and our commitment to a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse from those attending matches at the Amex.”
The football team thanked Sussex Police for their assistance and also said they were very pleased with the outcome from the incident.
The banning order prevents the defendant from attending football matches for three years.
Yesterday the court found the offence to be motivated (wholly or partly) by hostility towards persons who are of a particular sexual orientation.
This resulted in a fine of £800 along with a £80 victim surcharge and costs of £85.
PC Darren Balkham, a dedicated football policing officer, said: “This was a great example of the stewarding and policing operation at the stadium taking action when incidents occur.”
The court recognised Bradley pleaded guilty at the earliest possible opportunity and he accepted his behaviour was not acceptable.
PC Balkham also urged supporters attending the Amex to report similar incidents to either a steward or police officer to allow police to take action at the time.
Brighton and Hove Albion are due to play Bournemouth away tomorrow (5th January) in the third round of the FA Cup.
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