Liverpool fan given 4-year ban for racial abuse

A Liverpool fan has been banned from football for four years

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 sides.

The normally heated atmosphere was even more volatile because it

was the first match between the clubs since Liverpool forward Luis

Suarez was banned for eight matches 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 fine of 180 pounds ($280) as well as 300 pounds ($467) in

prosecution costs.

Gannon is also banned from Liverpool city center for four hours

before and after a match.