A football fan will go on trial later this year after pleading not guilty to racially aggravated disorderly behaviour by making offensive comments on Facebook relating to the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.
Mark Randall (45) of Chesterfield Road, Pleasley, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday for a brief hearing.
Spireites’ fan Randall is charged with racially or religiously aggravated disorderly behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act.
He was charged after an inquiry into comments posted to a League One fans’ page following Chesterfield’s 1-0 home defeat to Bradford City on December 13, last year.
Randall pleaded not guilty to the offence and was told he will go on trial at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on 29th May at 10am. The court heard the trial should last about two hours.
He was given conditional bail.
A total of 56 fans lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured after a stand caught fire at Bradford’s Valley Parade stadium during a match against Lincoln City on May 11, 1985.
The blaze was caused by a discarded cigarette which had dropped through the main stand and ignited rubbish that had accumulated below.
It took just a matter of minutes for the flames to engulf the entire stand.