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Man Utd Slam Indefinite Ban On Fan Over Offensive T-Shirt

Manchester United have confirmed that an “indefinite club ban” has been issued to a supporter who admitted wearing a shirt mocking the Hillsborough tragedy at the FA Cup final earlier this month.

The 33-year-old James White from Warwickshire pleaded guilty at Willesden Magistrates’ Court to displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.

The court heard he had worn a shirt with 97 and the words “Not Enough” on the back to the match at Wembley on 3 June a reference to the 97 football fans who died as a result of a crush at a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

White was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £400 and £85 in costs, and he has also been banned from all regulated football games in the UK for four years.

Following the sentencing, Manchester United issued an official statement that read: “Manchester United today issued an indefinite club ban to James White who pleaded guilty to charges at Willesden Magistrates Court.”

Douglas Mackay from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The CPS continues to work closely with the football authorities including the Premier League and the Football Association, police, clubs, and charities to look to stamp out all of the appalling and horrendous incidents of tragedy chanting and gesturing.

“We are sending a clear message that we call on so-called fans to stop this vile behaviour of a minority which has a terrible impact on the bereaved and communities.

“If they do not then they face the risk of being excluded from the game they claim to love.”

Last week, Premier League clubs agreed on measures for tackling the rise in tragedy-related chanting at football matches, with criminal prosecution of offenders a principal aim.

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