Livescore Thursday, April 25

A Tottenham Hotspur fan has been given a three-year football banning order and fined for making gestures mocking the Hillsborough tragedy during his side’s 4-3 defeat against Liverpool in April.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service, Kieron Darlow, 25 from Welwyn, was reported to the police during the game at Anfield and later identified and arrested.

Darlow pleaded guilty last month to threatening and abusive behaviour to cause harassment, alarm and distress. His football ban covers football matches and the vicinity of grounds and he has been fined £314.

Andrew Page, associate prosecutor at CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “Darlow admitted making a gesture towards the Liverpool fans and that this was a reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

“He admitted that this was to suggest that fans without tickets had pushed forward in the tragedy and had been partly to blame for the crush that led to so many deaths.

“He accepted at court that it was his intention that Liverpool fans should see this and that it would cause them harassment, alarm and distress. He admitted that his behaviour was unacceptable and regrets his actions.

“Darlow knew what he was doing and it was done knowing what an impact the Hillsborough tragedy had on Liverpool fans and the city of Liverpool but he did it anyway. This sort of behaviour is not only morally unacceptable, it is criminal.

“We hope this prosecution sends a message out to all football fans that their behaviour at football games is important and that, if it crosses into criminality, they will be met with the full force of the law.”

In April, an online petition calling on the UK government to make chanting about tragedies at football matches a criminal offence gained more than 15,000 signatures in the space of a week. That followed chants relating to Hillsborough during Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester United.

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