Kent Football fan handed banning order after using racist language at Gillingham game

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2018 - 04:44 PM


A football fan has been banned from attending games for three years after he was charged for using racist language.

The 21-year-old from Gillingham, was handed the ban on 11 October 2018 at Medway Magistrates’ Court.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of causing harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated.

The man was arrested on 29 March 2018 during a match against Milton Keynes Dons at the Priestfield Stadium where he was heard to shout racist abuse towards players on the field. Gillingham lost the match by two goals to one.

Kent Police was made aware of the incident and arrested Andrew at the stadium.

He was handed a three-year Football Banning Order, which prohibits him from attending any football match above National League South level.

Ch Supt Claire Nix of Kent Police said: ‘The comments made by Jamie Andrew are unacceptable in what is a family-friendly environment and will simply not be tolerated.

‘Instances like this happen very rarely, but officers attend matches to ensure those thinking of ruining the game and match day experience for others will be swiftly ejected and put before the courts, where they run the risk of being banned from entering football grounds for several years.

‘We work with all Kent clubs, the Football Association and other organisations to stamp out such deplorable behaviour and would encourage anyone who experiences or hears anyone committing these types of offences to report it to the police.’

As well as the banning order, the fan was given a community order to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and has to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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