Dad's ban for match race hate chanting
A FATHER-OF-FIVE has been banned from watching football for three years after hurling racist abuse at a black player during the Swans match against Reading 10 days ago.
An off-duty police officer seated near him at Swansea's Liberty Stadium warned Andrew Passmore about his behaviour.
After receiving a foul-mouthed response, the officer alerted colleagues policing the January 17 match.
Passmore was arrested and came before city magistrates to admit having engaged in racist chanting.
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He has been banned from attending football matches for three years and told not to go within 1,500 metres of the Liberty Stadium on match days.
The 31-year-old engineer had been seated near an off-duty detective sergeant in a stand at the stadium when a Reading player was issued with a yellow card.
He began chanting: "You black b*****d" and was joined in doing so by children in his company, said prosecutor Andrew Fouracre.
That lasted for about 30 seconds and he then shouted two further insults which were both racist and obscene.
The police sergeant, who was attending the match with his son, spoke to him about his behaviour and told him to stop.
Passmore was abusive towards him, telling him to "f*** off."
The officer informed colleagues of what he had seen and heard and Passmore was detained. He asked arresting officers: "Have you got CCTV of me doing it?"
He was later to admit the offence and apologise for his behaviour.
Passmore, of St Elmo Avenue, St Thomas, was said by his solicitor, Giles Hayes, to attend football matches infrequently.
"He accepts that he can't use words like that in a public place," he said.
"He is deeply sorry for his behaviour and apologises for any offence caused to anyone in the vicinity at the time the offence occurred."
Mr Hayes said Passmore had been drinking alcohol since mid-morning ahead of the Saturday afternoon match.
"He accepts his behaviour was socially unacceptable," he said.
The magistrates ordered Passmore to pay a £250 fine along with £85 in costs and victim surcharge.
They imposed a football banning order prohibiting him from going to any football match for the next three years and barring him from going within 1,500 metres of the Liberty Stadium on match days during the period of five hours before kick-off and five hours after the final whistle.