West Ham United supporter Bradley Thumwood has been banned from going to watch matches for three years after racially abusing Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. The 48-year-old was said to have pleaded guilty after appearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court earlier this week. This incident was said to have been recorded during West Ham’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at the London Stadium on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. After the judgment, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“Thumwood was issued with a three-year Football Banning Order and fined £400. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge and costs amounting to £125.”
Daily Mail reports that the Hammers are equally upholding a ‘zero-tolerance approach’ against racial abuse from any of their fans.
Hence, they are embarking on educating Thumwood in a bid to re-orientate his views on the subject matter. The club’s representative said: “The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers. “In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, an official by the name of Andy Sheldon has urged supporters to report any instances of discrimination at matches.
“We do not, and will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches and will take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games.”