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Romelu Lukaku racism case: Sunderland fan swears at cameras on way out of court

Sunderland fan accused of racist gesture at Lukaku swears as he leaves court

By
Tom Wilkinson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:12 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

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)

Offensive: Liam Jones swore at photographers and threatened to spit (below)

Liam Jones

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

Bail: Jones is not allowed near the Stadium of Light or St James' Park until the trial

Sunderland fan accused of racist monkey gesture against Romelu Lukaku is arrested

Police arrest Sunderland fan who allegedly aimed racist 'monkey' gesture at Lukaku

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UPDATED:

13:17 GMT, 28 November 2012

Police have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light.

Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another.

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

Gesture: The fan can be clearly seen making what appears to be a monkey gesture at West Brom's Romelu Lukaku as he celebrates scoring his side's third goal on Saturday

After scoring his side’s third goal,
in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman
Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan
appearing to make a monkey gesture at him.

It caused an immediate outcry, with
Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and
Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the
authorities’ investigation.
Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are
waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting.

They stressed after the incident,
however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any
instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a
ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

Investigation: Police in the north-east have launched an inquiry into incident, following a complaint from another supporter

It is the latest unsavoury episode to
blight English football and came on the same weekend as West Ham
followers were accused of taunting Tottenham fans with anti-Semitic
chants at White Hart Lane.

As Sunderland chiefs consider their
next step, they were urged to take stringent action by Ged Grebby, of
Show Racism the Red Card, who said: ‘This sort of gesture at football
matches was something we never thought we would see again.

'When people do these sort of things,
you have to take action against them. If anyone is found guilty, we will
be asking the club to ban them. It could be a three-year ban.’

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

Shamed: This Chelsea fan caught on camera making a monkey gesture (bottom left) was later identified as Gavin Kirkham

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley will bounce back from abuse – Ruta Meilutyte

Daley will bounce back from Twitter abuse to star at Games, says Plymouth pal Ruta

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13:39 GMT, 4 August 2012

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Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte is sure her friend Tom Daley will bounce back from the abuse he received on Twitter.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested and issued with a harassment warning on Tuesday after the British teenage diver received an abusive message about his late father on the micro-blogging site.

Meilutyte shot to fame this week when she won the women's 100m breaststroke at the age of 15.

Olympians: Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte (right)

Olympians: Plymouth College students Tom Daley and Ruta Meilutyte (right)

Agony: Daley after the men's synchronised 10m platform final

Glory: Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte poses with her gold medal

Agony and ecstasy: Daley and Meilutyte have had mixed Games so far

The Lithuanian, who attends the same training facility as Daley in Plymouth, has been following the diver's progress throughout the Olympics and is sure he will be able to block out the furore when he returns to action next week in the 10-metre individual platform.

'He is strong so those tweets won't mean anything to him,' Meilutyte said.
'There are always horrible people who will comment on things they don't know about. It's just unfortunate.

'I personally only have one parent (Meilutyte's mother died in a car accident 11 years ago) so I am kind of in a similar position to him so he's a big inspiration to me.'

Daley is currently in Southend preparing for his next appearance at the Games on Friday.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley won"t take Twitter break

Twitter holiday not for Daley as diving star refuses to come off social networking site

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10:35 GMT, 2 August 2012

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Tom Daley will continue to use Twitter during the London Olympics despite being advised to take a 'holiday' from the social networking site.

Daley has received a series of malicious tweets since he and team-mate Pete Waterfield failed to medal in the 10m platform synchro three days ago.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested and issued with an harassment order on Tuesday after making disparaging comments regarding Daley's father, who died last year, while a Welsh Premier League footballer has also been suspended after allegedly sending an abusive message.

On the eve of the Olympics, British Swimming advised all of its athletes to take a 'Twitter holiday' during the Games in a bid to avoid the type of controversy that is now following Daley.

Tweeting on: Tom Daley will not be taking a break from Twitter

Tweeting on: Tom Daley will not be taking a break from Twitter

The governing body has, however, refused to set down a blanket ban because of the positive effects they, and the British Olympic Association, believe it can have on athletes as they interact with fans during a home Olympics.

But following the messages sent to Daley there are growing fears the 18-year-old could be adversely affected ahead of his return to competition in the individual platform on August 10.

BOA chef de mission Andy Hunt voiced his concerns over the issue earlier this week – when he revealed Daley had received 50,000 messages during the day of the Opening Ceremony – and called for the teen's camp to discuss the matter with him.

Since then it is understood it has been decided that Daley will continue to use Twitter.

The Plymouth diver escaped the pressures of the Olympic Village on Wednesday night, under the already-planned instruction of performance director Alexei Evangulov, for a six-day training camp in Southend.

Just missing out: Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the 10m synchro

Just missing out: Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield finished fourth in the 10m synchro

Evangulov has sought to remove Daley from outside influence to concentrate on his anticipated showdown with Qiu Bo – the man who snatched away his platform world title last year.

An Olympic medal is the only major honour Daley is yet to win during his young career and after narrowly missing out on the podium on Monday, he retweeted a message from a user which said: 'You let your dad down i hope you know that.'

Daley responded by tweeting: 'After giving it my all… you get idiots sending me this…'

Daley was at the bedside of his father Robert when he died aged 40 last May following a long battle with brain cancer.

Vile taunt: Tom Daley retweeted the comment

Robert Daley had been an ever-present at poolside during Daley's carer and had pledged to fight his illness long enough to see his son compete in London.

An apparent apology to Daley followed from @Rileyy-69 but it has been alleged he later posted an expletive-laden rant including a threat to drown Daley.

On Wednesday, Port Talbot Town FC has confirmed its midfielder Daniel Thomas was the subject of an internal investigation into a tweet sent to Daley.

Not finished yet: Tom Daley will be back in action next week

Not finished yet: Tom Daley will be back in action next week

According to reports, a homophobic message was sent to Daley's Twitter page from the @10DanThomas10 account, which has since been deleted.

Port Talbot FC officials stressed their player had been the victim of a 'misguided prank' after leaving his phone unattended – but confirmed 28-year-old Thomas had been suspended while they looked into the matter.

The club said it and Thomas apologised 'unreservedly' and in no way condoned the views expressed in the tweet.

Ken Bates ordered to pay 10,000 to former Leeds director Melvyn Levi for harassment

Bates hit with 10k harassment damages award to former Leeds director

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UPDATED:

12:29 GMT, 7 June 2012

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Sued: Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has been ordered to pay 10,000 to a former director who sued him for harassment.

Melvyn Levi and his wife Carole claimed they suffered stress as a result of announcements on the club radio station allegedly likening Mr Levi to a criminal on the run.

They also claimed comments made by Mr Bates in his match day programme notes amounted to speculation over the state of their marriage.

Mr Levi was awarded 10,000 in compensation at Leeds County Court but his wife's claim failed.

Judge Mark Gosnell said: 'Mr Levi has succeeded in his claim and has been awarded 10,000 and Mrs Levi's claim has failed.'

Mr Bates is also now subject to an injunction banning him from discussing Mr Levi's private life in public for two years.

But the Leeds chairman is allowed to mention the on-going commercial dispute between the two, known as the 'Jersey proceedings', as well as other non-private matters.

Explaining why he was granting the injuction, the judge said: “I cannot think of a better reason than the delving into Mr Levi's private life in what is a commercial dispute between Mr Levi and Mr Bates which I hope will be resolved by someone else on another day.'

Diego Maradona given Al Wasl apology after fans shout abuse at WAGS

Sorry, Diego! Al Wasl apologise to angry Maradona over fans' abuse at WAGS

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UPDATED:

15:42 GMT, 2 April 2012

Al Wasl have apologised to manager Diego Maradona after he confronted fans who verbally abused his partner and friends during his side's UAE Pro-League match at the weekend.

The club described Maradona's actions as 'what any honourable person would do' after the former Argentina captain and coach stormed into the stands during the 2-0 defeat at Al Shabab.

Maradona left the touchline after noticing the altercation in the VIP area before he had to be restrained by several police in a match shown live on UAE television.

Melee: Diego Maradona waded into the crowd to confront abusive fans

Melee: Diego Maradona waded into the crowd to confront abusive fans

Maradona, 51, later labelled the fans as 'cowards' on Gulf News before his Dubai-based club today issued an apology.

'The management of Al Wasl Football Company denounce the harassment suffered by the family and guests of Diego Armando Maradona, head coach of Al Wasl Football Club in Al Shabab's stadium during the last match of the professional league,' a statement on the club's website read.

'A few irresponsible fans verbally abused Maradona's wife and his guests during the match.'

Eastern adventure: Argentina legend Maradona is manager of Al Wasl in Dubai

Eastern adventure: Argentina legend Maradona is manager of Al Wasl in Dubai

Al Wasl's acting chief executive officer, Abdullah Al-Bishr, also backed Maradona's 'understandable' actions in the same statement.

'Al Wasl Football Company finds Maradona's behaviour understandable, when he went into the stands to protect his wife and guests; it is what any honourable person would do,' he said.

'We offer our sincere apologies to Maradona for what took place on behalf of the few who offended UAE culture by their actions.

'This is a society, which by its very nature, does not insult women by cursing and harassing, but is brought up to treat them with respect.'

Floyd Mayweather Jr jail term delayed for May fight

Mayweather dodges jail term for now as judge allows him to fight in May first

Floyd Mayweather Jr has avoided starting his jail sentence for domestic violence until June 1 after a judge ruled that he can fight an as-yet unnamed opponent in May.

The 34-year-old fighter had been scheduled to turn himself in on Friday to begin serving a 90-day sentence imposed last month.

But a judge said she weighed Mayweather's
contractual obligations to the fight set for May in Las Vegas.

Walk the line: Floyd Mayweather, pictured at a recent NBA game in Los Angeles

Walk the line: Floyd Mayweather, pictured at a recent NBA game in Los Angeles

Mayweather's lawyer pleaded with the
judge to allow Mayweather to fulfill commitments regarding the fight,
emphasizing the economic benefit to Las Vegas when Mayweather fights.

The undefeated WBC welterweight champion pleaded guilty on December 21 to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.

The plea deal saw prosecutors drop felony and misdemeanor charges that could have gotten Mayweather 34 years in prison.

Sentenced: Mayweather was convicted last December

Sentenced: Mayweather was convicted last month

Mayweather was sentenced over an attack in September 2010 on his ex-girlfriend while two of
their children watched.

Las Vegas police say Mayweather's sentence could end up being about 60 days with good behavior and work time.

The case stemmed from a hair-pulling,
punching and arm-twisting argument with Josie Harris, the mother of
three of Mayweather's children, and threats to beat their sons in an
argument about Harris dating another man.

Harris, now 31, lives in the Los Angeles area with the couple's two sons, now 12 and 10, and a daughter age 8.

He has earned upwards of $20million
for his most recent fights against Victor Ortiz, which won him the WBC
welterweight belt, and Shane Mosley.

Mayweather's promoters have reserved the MGM Grand
Garden Arena for an as-yet unnamed opponent on May .

There has been no word from Mayweather's
camp about any proposals for a long-awaited showdown with Manny
Pacquiao, against whom Mayweather's welterweight success is usually
measured.

King of the ring: Mayweather will be back in action later this Spring

King of the ring: Mayweather will be back in action later this Spring

The two men have a defamation lawsuit
pending in Las Vegas federal court stemming from statements by
Mayweather that he suspected Pacquiao was taking performance-enhancing
drugs.

Mayweather pleaded guilty on December 21
last year to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest
to two harassment charges in a plea deal that saw prosecutors drop
felony and misdemeanor charges that could have gotten Mayweather 34
years in state prison if he was convicted of all charges.