Manchester City has handed out a lifetime ban to a fan for racially abusing Manchester United players back in 2019. The Tameside Magistrates’ Court found 42-year old Anthony Burke guilty on Wednesday. He was handed a three-year ban from attending any matches anywhere in the UK. Burke is also prohibited from being present within a mile from the ground where Manchester City is playing.
He was further ordered to pay a £500 fine. In addition, the £50 victim surcharge and £300 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service will need to be paid. Soon after the hearing, Manchester City confirmed that he will be banned for life. Burke was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United players when Manchester City suffered a 2-1 defeat in 2019.
“The Manchester derby is a fixture that usually shows the best of Manchester but that night Anthony Burke appalled the city and the wider football community.” Detective Constable Susan Muldowney said. “No member of society should face such abuse wherever they are, especially when at their place of work – and this applies for anyone, whether they are a professional sports player or otherwise.”
“With fans hopefully continuing to return to stadiums in the coming weeks and months, this conviction is a reminder to anyone who thinks of engaging in such intolerable abuse that we will work robustly to prosecute perpetrators of hate crime and bring them to some justice,” she added.
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