A man who racially abused two ball boys after a football match has been given a banning order.
Christopher Crawford, 29, of Venice Avenue, Burnley, was banned from football for three years after pleading guilty to committing a racially aggravated offence at the Burnley FC vs Olympiakos fixture at Turf Moor in August 2018.
After the game Crawford appeared at the players' entrance as a number of the Burnley FC Under 18s squad, who had been acting as ball boys, left the stadium.
Crawford racially abused two members of the squad, with the matter reported to the club’s welfare officer who then contacted police.
Enquiries were carried out including a press appeal for information, with Crawford coming forward to speak to officers.
After initially denying the offence on interview he was given a summons and pleaded guilty at Burnley Magistrates’ Court on October 3. He was handed a three year football banning order, fined £350, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £35 and £50 to the two players.