Newcastle fan gets banning order for racially abusing Liverpool players

Louise Taylor

A 57-year-old Newcastle United fan has received a five-year football banning order after being convicted of racially abusing Liverpool players during a Premier League match at St James’ Park this month.

Michael Collins, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, was found guilty of racially aggravated harassment at North Tyneside magistrates court and received both the banning order and a £550 fine. Newcastle United have banned him from St James’ Park indefinitely.

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Collins was caught in an undercover stewarding operation during the game, won by Liverpool, which led to his arrest by Northumbria Police. Steve Storey, Newcastle United’s head of safety, said: “Racism has absolutely no place at St James’ Park or in our city and we will continue to do everything we can to drive it out of football and society.

“We want to send a clear message that any instances of discrimination will be dealt with as strongly as possible by the club with the support of Northumbria Police and other agencies. St James’ Park is a wonderful place to experience football and, together with our supporters and partners, we will continue to ensure it is a welcoming, inclusive and vibrant place for everyone.”