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Manchester City fan handed five-year ban over Sterling racist abuse
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Manchester City fan handed five-year ban over Sterling racist abuse

Ian Baldry, a Manchester City supporter, has received a five-year ban from football matches after racially abusing Raheem Sterling.

On Friday, Baldry was sentenced at Manchester Magistrates' Court and also ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and pay £170 court costs.

In a witness statement the supporter told police "it was disgusting in this day and age that this was going on. I was shocked and offended and felt sick to my stomach when I heard it."

58-year-old Baldry made a racist comment towards the City and England winger as he celebrated scoring a goal in a Premier League game against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium in December 2018.

Pleaded Guilty

The defendant, from Bradley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty in September to causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

The ban comes in the midst of a growing trend of footballers being racially abused by fans this after England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria was twice stopped due to racism in the stands.

Last season a banana was thrown at Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by a Tottenham fan, while Sterling was subjected to alleged racist abuse in a match at Chelsea.

Apart from England, there has been a constant trend in the Italia Serie A where players like Mario Balotelli has been a subject of racism chants.