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Man given football banning order racist incident at stadium

Thursday, September 15, 2022

A 62-year-old man has been banned from football grounds for three years after using racist language at a Blackpool game.

Harold Bowden, of Breck Road, Poulton, appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court yesterday (September 14) and was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence.

It happened at Blackpool’s Championship clash with Stoke City at Bloomfield Road, on November 3 last year.

As the players took the knee before kick-off, Bowden was heard to repeatedly make racist slurs.

Magistrates fined Bowden a total of £1,353 and issued a three-year football banning order.

PC Byron Worrall said: “The large fine and the banning order show that the courts are taking a strong stance on offences of this nature.

“Such behaviour won’t be tolerated at football grounds.”


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