Ban for fan who shouted racial slur

An Alfreton Town fan has landed himself with a three year ban from matches - after he was convicted of shouting racial abuse during an away game.

Nathan Sprengel of Woodfield Road, South Normanton pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act at Chesterfield Magistrates on Wednesday, March 27, and was also fined £470 and ordered to pay the victim a surcharge of £47 and £85 costs.

Sprengal, 34, was arrested by officers after reports he shouted a racist insult at Kidderminster Harriers Striker Amari Morgan-Smith during a match between them and Alfreton in February, which Alfreton lost 3-1.

Derbyshire police football intelligence officer PC Roger Brown said: “We will not tolerate any form of disorder or racial abuse, whether it is football-related or not. I hope this football banning order reflects just how seriously we take incidents such as these.

“This case is a prime example of forces working together to investigate and robustly deal with hate crime.”

The match took place at the Aggborough Stadium on February 23 and the incident was jointly investigated with West Mercia Police.

Alfreton Chairman Wayne Bradley said: “Alfreton Town FC does have a zero tolerance policy on these things. It’s all very unfortunate, if the individual could have the time over again, he wouldn’t do what he did. This ban will remind him that this is something society cannot accept.”