After “vile,” racially insensitive remarks, soccer fan gets 9-month prison sentence

Jordon Garrick, a BlacK soccer player, was the subject of the abuse

GLOUCESTER, England (AP) — A soccer fan who shouted racial insults at a player during a game in England’s third division was sentenced to nine months in jail on Thursday.

Ryan Ferguson, 24, of Liverpool, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment for hurling abuse at Forest Green player Jordon Garrick, who is Black.

A fan received a nine-month prison sentence for yelling racial abuse at Jordon Garrick, a Black soccer player. (Adobe Stock)

The incident took place last April at a Forest home game against Fleetwood.

“Ferguson’s actions were vile and something that none of us should ever experience at a football match — whether that be fans, staff, police or indeed the players themselves,” said Douglas Mackay, the Crown Prosecution Service sports national lead prosecutor.

“The sentence that has been passed today should serve as a wake-up call to any fans who think it might be acceptable to break the law during matches.”

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Ferguson also admitted to failing to comply with a football banning order and resisting a police constable.

He was sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court.

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