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Saturday 16 December 2017

Football fan barred for monkey gestures

A Liverpool fan has been given a four-year football banning order for racially abusing rival Manchester United supporters and club captain Patrice Evra.

Phillip Gannon (58), from Barmouth, Wales, was seen on live TV doing a racially offensive monkey impression, Liverpool Magistrates' Court was told.

The incident happened amid a volatile atmosphere at Anfield on January 28 when the two sides met in an FA Cup fourth round clash.

It was the first game between the rivals since an eight-match ban was imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after the FA found him guilty of racially abusing Evra.

TV footage showed Gannon position his hands under his armpits.

One witness also told the court he heard Gannon shout racist insults in French at Evra.

Gannon was also fined £180 and told to pay costs.

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