Manchester City supporter fined £850 and handed lifetime ban
Manchester City have banned a supporter for life after he was found guilty of making a racist gesture towards Manchester United players.
Anthony Burke, 42, was found guilty during a trial at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
He was handed a three-year football banning order, preventing him from attending any matches in the UK.
The order also stops him from going within a mile of any ground at which City are playing for four hours before and after the game.
In addition, Mr Burke must not enter any city in which England are playing for eight hours before and after kick-off.
He was also given a £500 fine, and was ordered to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £300 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Following Mr Burke’s guilty verdict, City confirmed they would proceed with the lifetime ban.
The offending gesture was made during City’s 2-1 defeat to United at the Etihad Stadium on December 7, 2019.
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Source: All Football