Should be banned for life. c*nt
Seen this this morning. Makes it seem worse
A LIVERPOOL FC fan racially abused Manchester United captain Patrice Evra and branded disabled supporters “spastics”, a court heard.
Dad-of-five Phillip Gannon, 58, was accused of making “monkey” impressions and referring to the French defender as a “little black s***” when the Reds played United in January.
The tense FA Cup tie was the first time the rival sides had met following Luis Suarez’s ban for racially abusing Evra.
Liverpool magistrates court yesterday heard how Gannon, from Barmouth, North Wales, was seen on television allegedly making a “monkey gesture”.
He was arrested at home after an image of him with his hands under his arms spread on Twitter.
Gannon claims he was doing an impression of “Neanderthal” United fans.
Prosecution witnesses who were sat near Gannon in the Centenary Stand told how he was abusive throughout the match.
Reds fan David Maguire said he twice told him to be quiet.
The season-ticket holder said Evra was 10 yards from their seats when he heard Gannon make a racial slur in French, a claim he denies.
Mr Maguire said: “He said words to the effect of ‘tu es petit noir homme merde’ which is bad French, grammatically not right. I took the three words together ‘little black s***’.
“That was directed at Patrice Evra.”
Season-ticket holder John Inman was at the game with his son Sam, 20. He said he heard Gannon refer to the Munich air disaster, where seven United players died, and call their fans “pikey *****”.
While none of the witnesses saw the alleged monkey gesture captured by cameras, Sam Inman told the court he saw Gannon do similar close to the final whistle.
He said: “I was shocked. He was celebrating [the win] but antagonising the United fans.”
Mr Inman also claimed Gannon shouted abuse towards disabled football fans.
He said: “Towards the disabled fans he shouted ‘f*** you, you spastic mutants’ and that shocked me more than anything else.”
Gannon, who denies two public order offences, said he did not use the word “spastic” and said he did not realise that “pikey” was a racial slur.
He said: “I only shouted towards the Manchester United fans after they were giving us abuse about Hillsborough.
“I called them ‘pikey’ and said ‘get back in your caves’, that sort of thing.”
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