Chesterfield football in court over comments on Facebook

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A Chesterfield football fan will go on trial later this year after pleading not guilty to racially aggravated disorderly behaviour by making offensive comments on Facebook relating to the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

Mark Randall, aged 45, of Chesterfield Road, Pleasley, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court following a police inquiry into comments posted to a League One fans’ page following Chesterfield’s 1-0 home defeat to Bradford City on December 13, last year.

Randall pleaded not guilty to the offence and was told he will go on trial at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on May 29.

He was granted conditional bail by magistrates until his next court appearance.

A total of 56 football fans lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured after a stand caught fire at Bradford’s Valley Parade stadium in 1985.