A MAN has been convicted of shouting racial abuse during a football match and banned from attending fixtures for three years.
Nathan Sprengel appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield today (Wednesday, 27th March), where he was convicted of a racially aggravated offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
The 34-year-old, who pleaded guilty to the offence, was fined £470 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £47 and £85 costs.
He was also banned from attending football matches for three years.
Sprengal, of Woodfield Road, South Normanton, was arrested by officers investigating a report that a spectator shouted a racist insult at a player during a match between Kidderminster Harriers and Alfreton Town.
The match took place at the Aggborough Stadium on February 23 and the incident was jointly investigated with West Mercia Police.
Derbyshire police football intelligence officer PC Roger Brown said: “We will not tolerate any form of disorder or racial abuse, whether it is football-related or not. I hope this football banning order reflects just how seriously we take incidents such as these.
“This case is a prime example of forces working together to investigate and robustly deal with hate crime.”