Nottingham Forest season ticket holder banned after racially abusing Spurs' Heung Min Son

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min close-up shot with navy coat and jacket on, in night time background arriving ahead of the Premier League match at City Ground, Nottingham in December 2023
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A Nottingham Forest fan has been banned from football matches after racially abusing Heung Min Son and Tottenham Hotspur fans during a game at the City Ground. The man, from Bestwood, was identified after police traced the holder of the ticket for the seat he sat in at every game.

The 50-year-old "persistently shouted racist abuse at opposition supporters" before turning his attentions to South Korea international Son, the CPS said. He continued the barrage of foul language and abuse throughout the came and became aggressive and abuse to other fans when they asked him to stop.

His behaviour was reported to match stewards and to the club by supporters sitting near him. He was later charged with two counts of racially aggravated disorderly conduct.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was fined £1654 and banned from football games for three years. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £669.

Marianne Connally, District Crown Prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service East Midlands, said: “His abhorrent behaviour has no place in football. He turned up to the game drunk and for reasons best known to him decided to shout racist abuse at opposition fans and a player for a sustained period.

"He will now be banned from every football ground in the country and unable to travel abroad when international games are happening. It is very sad to hear witnesses tell that they felt forced to leave the ground because of his behaviour. I am grateful to those supporters who came forward to report this incident.

"I hope that the knowledge that we have been able to identify him and ensure he will not be back to repeat this disgusting behaviour will encourage them to continue to watch the game and the club they love.”