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A Wolves fan has been convicted of racist ‘monkey gesture’ targeted at Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
Abraham scored a hat-trick against Wolves in a 5-2 victory at the Molineux, prompting Wolves fan Josef Smith to make some racist gestures at the Chelsea striker.
The 40-year-old was found guilty of abusive behaviour to cause distress and a racially-aggravated count of the same offence. He has been handed a four-year-banning order for his monkey gestures at Abraham.
He was sentenced at Dudley Magistrates’ Court after a hearing that found him guilty.
The court was told how he “curled his fists under his armpits in a chimp-like gesture” when Abraham scored a hat-trick at the Molineux Stadium on September 14.
Smith denied the charges and told magistrates he had made a “get back” gesture – which may have been misinterpreted. He also told police he was frustrated with the scoreline and had stood up and sworn during the game, but only “raised his arms in an upwards direction” to motivate the Wolves players.
However, witnesses described how Smith’s gesture appeared to be aimed at black players on the pitch. CCTV cameras and witnesses were also enough proof to counter Smith’s denial of spitting at rival fans.
Smith was thus fined £800 and ordered to pay £600 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge, making a total bill of £1,450.