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Football fan banned for 3 years for racist gesture

August 5, 2013

SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — A Sunderland supporter has been handed a three-year football banning order for making a racist gesture towards Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, one of the Premier league’s top scorers last season.

Court officials said Liam Jones was given an 18-month conditional discharge after he admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by making a monkey gesture towards Lukaku, who is black, while watching his team lose 4-2 to West Brom last November.

Jones, who first pleaded not guilty to the charge, had been photographed in the stands making the gesture after Lukaku scored.

A trial had been due to take place next month but at a hearing last week Jones entered a guilty plea.

Lukaku, who is back at Chelsea, scored 17 goals on loan at West Brom last season.

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