Newcastle United fan banned from stadiums across UK after racist gesture made at St. James’ Park

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A 24-year-old in the home end of St James’ Park made a racist gesture to away fans

A Newcastle United fan who made a racist gesture during a Premier League game at St. James' Park has been banned from every football stadium in the UK.

Shay Asher made a racist gesture in the direction of away supporters at The Magpies' clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St. James' Park on October 17 last year.

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The incident was witnessed by other spectators and Northumbria Police launched an investigation alongside Newcastle United in a bid to identify the person involved.

24-year-old Asher, of Gibside View, Winlaton, admitted a racially aggravated public order offence when he appeared before magistrates in Newcastle in April and was fined.

He returned to the same court on Tuesday, July 19 for a further hearing where he was handed a football banning order that will run until 2025.

The order forbids Asher from attending any regulated football match in the UK, which includes Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and National League fixtures, as well as England home internationals.

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The banning order also prevents him from travelling abroad to watch international friendlies, qualification matches and tournaments.

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Detective Inspector Gillian Beecroft, of Northumbria Police, said: “Hate crime of any kind within our communities will not be tolerated under any circumstances and I welcome the banning order handed down to Asher.

“In the North East, we have some of the most knowledgeable and passionate supporters in the entire country and the overwhelming majority of those who attend matches behave impeccably.

“However, when passions are high as was the case in this particular fixture, a small minority can let themselves down and ruin the spectacle for others. When that happens, it is important we use every tactic at our disposal to bring effective justice against them.

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The incident happened at St. James’ Park in October last yearThe incident happened at St. James’ Park in October last year
The incident happened at St. James’ Park in October last year

“I would like to thank everybody who assisted throughout this investigation, especially Newcastle United who have worked closely with us to ensure this case was brought to court.

“We are proud of the fantastic relationship we have with football fans across the North East and will continue to work with all our clubs and supporter groups to ensure matches can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Asher was fined £200, as well as ordered to pay £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge, after admitting the racially aggravated offence at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on April 27.

His banning order now comes into immediate effect.