Two football fans who used racist abuse get match bans

Trevor Laughton
Trevor Laughton
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TWO Chesterfield fans have received three-year Football Banning Orders for hurling racist language at a steward.

Chesterfield supporters Trevor Laughton and Joanne Worrall used racist language at an away game against Torquay on April 29.

Joanne Worrall

Joanne Worrall

They were sentenced at Torquay Magistrates’ Court, where Laughton, aged 45, and Worrall, 25, both of Derwent View, Matlock, were fined £308 and £118 respectively.

PC Allan Guy, who attended the hearing, said: “This sort of abusive language will not be tolerated and has no place in this day and age.

“These bans should serve as a warning to others that we will come down hard on anyone involved in this kind of behaviour.”

A Torquay United spokesman said: “We are very, very, pleased that the court took this incident seriously and the ban reflects that. We find it unbelievable and disgraceful that this is still happening in the 21st century.”

Laughton and Worrall were banned from all regulated matches and England games for three years and cannot go near home or away grounds where Chesterfield are playing for four hours before or six hours after the game.