Sunderland fan accused of racist gesture at Lukaku swears as he leaves court
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association
12:12 GMT, 22 April 2013
12:35 GMT, 22 April 2013
The Sunderland fan who denies making a racist monkey gesture at Romelu Lukaku swore and threatened to spit at photographers after a court hearing on Monday.
Liam Jones, 21, of East Vines, Sunderland, was charged following an alleged incident in the stands of the Stadium of Light last November.
Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)
West Brom striker Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, scored a goal against the north-east club as his side won 4-2, and in the aftermath Jones allegedly made the gesture.
He was arrested after the match and was charged last month with racially aggravated harassment.
Sunderland Magistrates adjourned the case for trial on June 26.
Jones was granted bail on a number of conditions, including that he does not go within 300 metres of the Stadium of Light or 500m of St James’ Park – the home of rivals Newcastle – on match days.
Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial