February 3 – A Brighton and Hove Albion fan has received a rare prison sentence for racist abuse in English football.
As well as being banned for life by the Premier League club for all matches and events, George Reynolds been jailed for two months after spouting abuse at opposing black and Asian players of Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.
Fuelled by alcohol, he reportedly called black Tottenham players “monkey boys” and abused South Korea’s Son Heung-Min by saying “Koreans eat dogs”.
Reynolds was apparently reported by other Brighton supporters after ignoring pleas to stop making racist comments.
Paul Barber, Brighton’s chief executive and deputy chairman who used to work at Tottenham, welcomed the verdict and hoped Reynolds’ conviction will be “a watershed moment” for Brighton.
“Put simply, we don’t want to witness it here or anywhere else again,” Barber said.
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