Newcastle United fan, 57, handed five-year banning order and £550 fine for racially abusing Liverpool players
- Michael Collins was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment on Friday
- Newcastle United have banned the supporter from St James’ Park indefinitely
- Collins was caught in an undercover stewarding operation during the game
Michael Collins, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment at North Tyneside magistrates court.
Newcastle United have banned him from St James’ Park indefinitely.
A Newcastle United fan has been handed a five-year banning order and a £550 fine
The incident happened in Liverpool’s 3-2 victory in the Premier League match at Newcastle in May.
Collins was caught in an undercover stewarding operation during the game, which led to his arrest by Northumbria Police.
Steve Storey, Newcastle United’s head of safety, said as quoted by the Guardian: ‘Racism has absolutely no place at St James’ Park or in our city and we will continue to do everything we can to drive it out of football and society.
‘We want to send a clear message that any instances of discrimination will be dealt with as strongly as possible by the club with the support of Northumbria Police and other agencies.
‘St James’ Park is a wonderful place to experience football and, together with our supporters and partners, we will continue to ensure it welcome, inclusive and vibrant for everyone.’
The incident happened in Liverpool’s 3-2 victory in the Premier League match at Newcastle