RACIALLY ABUSED: Anton Ferdinand
AFTER ADMITTING to racially abusing Queens Park Rangers footballer Anton Ferdinand, a Manchester City supporter has been banned from attending their matches for five years.
Unemployed Stephen Best from Droylsden had called Ferdinand a “black b******” during a game at the Etihad Stadium in September.
And when confronted about his language by a woman, Best justified his actions, saying: “'John Terry said it”.
Chelsea captain Terry was fined £220,000 after being found guilty by The Football Association of racially abusing Ferdinand following an incident between the defenders during a fixture at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.
At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Best pleaded guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence.
The court heard how he also directed a racial slur at Korean Queens Park Rangers captain Ji-Sung Park.
Best was given a football banning order that prevents him going to the Etihad Stadium and to watch City at away fixtures. He is also barred from attending England matches.
He must also do 250 hours' unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order, and pay £85 costs.
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