English soccer fan banned for racist gesture

A soccer fan in England has been banned from attending games for
three years because he made a racist gesture toward a black player
during a game last season.

Court officials said Liam Jones admitted causing racially
aggravated harassment, alarm or distress by making a monkey gesture
at Romelu Lukaku while watching Sunderland lose 4-2 to West Brom
last November.

Jones, who first pleaded not guilty to the charge, had been
photographed in the stands making the gesture after Lukaku scored.
A trial had been due to take place next month but at a hearing last
week Jones entered a guilty plea.

Lukaku, one of the Premier league’s top scorers last season, is
back at Chelsea after he scored 17 goals on loan at West Brom last
season.