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West Ham fan banned for three years for racially abusing Salah

Soccer Football - Premier League - Aston Villa v Liverpool - Villa Park, Birmingham, Britain - October 4, 2020. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah looks dejected after conceding their sixth goal. Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell

(Reuters) - A West Ham United supporter has been banned from attending soccer games for three years after he pleaded guilty to racially abusing Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Bradley Thumwood, 48, was handed a ban ordering after appearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday following an incident during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at the London Stadium on Jan. 29.

"Thumwood was issued with a three-year Football Banning Order and fined 400 pounds ($521). He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to 125 pounds," the Metropolitan Police said in a statement here.

West Ham vowed to take a “zero-tolerance approach” to any future incidents of a similar nature but also said they will look to educate Thumwood to reform his views.

“The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers,” a club spokesperson said.

“In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.”

Officer PC Andy Sheldon urged supporters to report any instances of discrimination at matches.

“We do not, and will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches and will take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games,” he said.

($1 = 0.7675 pounds)

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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