Football fan gets three-year ban after admitting 'abhorrent' violent and racist behaviour at Blackburn Rovers v. Oldham Athletic game at Ewood Park

A football fan has been handed a three year banning order after admitting assault and racially aggravated public order offences.

Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 12:08 pm

Kieron Lewis, 18, was given the order at Blackburn Magistrates’ Court on November 28 following his behaviour during the Blackburn Rovers v. Oldham Athletic Carabao Cup fixture at Ewood Park on August 13.

Lewis, of Bolton Road, Blackburn, had been racially abusing Oldham fans and made a number of comments towards players during the game.

He later verbally abused a Blackburn Rovers player as he was substituted, with an 18-year-old man challenging Lewis’ behaviour. Lewis then started punching the man, with the victim suffering minor injuries to his face and back.

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Kieron Lewis has been given a three-year football banning order. Pic: Lancashire Police

Lewis was removed from the stadium and later spoken with by police. He was summoned to appear at court, admitting assault and racially aggravated public order offences.

As well as the banning order, Lewis was issued with a 12 month community order of 100 hours, fine of £50, compensation to the victim of £100 and a victim surcharge of £90 .

PC Dan Fish, of Blackburn Police, said: "Lewis' behaviour was both shocking and abhorrent.

"He was challenged by another fan about his actions and then started to attack him. Thankfully he was reported to police and made a full admission.

"We welcome the court result and hope it serves as a warning to others."

A Rovers spokesman said: "Blackburn Rovers fully support the action of the Lancashire Police in dealing with this case.

"The club has a zero tolerance policy in relation to offences involving any form of discriminatory abuse or behaviour.