Liverpool fan given 4-year ban for racial abuse

A Liverpool soccer fan has been banned from for four years from

Liverpool and England games after being found guilty of racially

abusing Manchester United captain Patrice Evra.

Phillip Gannon was seen on live television making a racially

offensive monkey gesture during the FA Cup fourth-round match

between the teams.

The normally heated atmosphere was even more volatile because it

was the first game between the clubs since Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

drew an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra.

On Friday, Liverpool Magistrates’ court banned the 58-year-old

Gannon from all Liverpool and England games and ordered him to pay

a $280 fine as well as $467 in prosecution costs. Gannon is also

banned from Liverpool city center for four hours before and after a

match.