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.