Football fan banned from matches for three years over racist comment to player

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A Grimsby Town fan who racially insulted a player from an opposing team has been given a three-year football banning order.

The club was determined to show that racism would not be tolerated, a stadium manager has made clear.

Jamie Furnell, 27, of Hildyard Street, Grimsby, admitted using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour on November 13.

He used the racial insult on the day of a match between Grimsby Town and Newcastle United under 21s at Blundell Park.

Newcastle beat the Mariners 3-2 in the Checkatrade-sponsored EFL Trophy.

As well as the banning order, Furnell was fined £150 at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a Government-imposed £30 victims’ surcharge.

After the hearing, Nick Dale, Grimsby Town’s stadium and ground safety manager, said: “We removed him from the stadium for a racial comment about a player.

“We got a report through a steward who wanted to remove him for racial words against a Newcastle under 21 player.



Grimsby Town FC Blundell Park stadium from where the man was ejected
The racist incident happened at Blundell Park

“He was positively identified and removed from the stadium.”He tried to leave without giving his details.”

Furnell was given a choice between either being detained and waiting for the police or giving his details in the knowledge that the matter would be passed to the police.

“Nationally, racism is not acceptable in any walk of life at all,” said Mr Dale.

“Football is no exception to that. We live in a diverse world and if people can’t accept the diverse nature of the world we live in, they need to be dealt with by the authorities.

“It just goes to show that the club will take every measure possible against those who behave in this way.

“There were now 60 active banning orders in force, he said.

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The ban means Furnell cannot:

  • Enter an exclusion zone around Blundell Park four hours before kick-off and three hours after the match finishes on home match days.
  • Enter an exclusion zone in Cleethorpes town centre.* Enter an exclusion zone in Grimsby town centre.
  • Enter any town or city where Grimsby Town are playing four hours before kick-off and three hours after the match finishes.

  • Enter a town or city where England are playing that day.

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