A Spalding man has been found guilty of using a racial slur at a football match.

Peter Chapman, 66, had denied a charge of using racially aggravated words likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He admitted using a three-letter word but insisted it was not a racial slur and wasn’t directed towards Allan Ross, manager of Horncastle Town at the time.

Magistrates at Boston on Friday found that it could not be proven that Chapman had used the word towards Mr Ross but said it should not be used in any context.

It happened during a match between Pinchbeck United and Lutterworth Town at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding on October 31, 2020.

Allan Ross has called for more focus on educating people against racism at a grassroots level of football. | Photo: Horncastle Town FC

Mr Ross, a former assistant manager at Pinchbeck attending as a spectator, said Chapman looked him straight in the eye as he said to Pinchbeck chairman Gary Coomes: “I see you’ve let a wog into the stadium.

“It was as though he wanted me to hear, even though it wasn’t directed at me.”

Mr Ross said the comment stirred a “lot of emotion” within him and he went to confront Chapman who had walked off.

He told Boston Magistrates’ Court on Friday: “I’ve been on the end of racist comments not just in football but in general life as well.

“Now is the time to say enough is enough. I have always tolerated it but it’s got to the point where I shouldn’t.”

During his trial, Chapman – who was a volunteer helper with Pinchbeck – claimed he didn’t know Mr Ross was alongside Mr Coomes at the time.

But, in any event, he said he didn’t consider the word to be a racial slur and quoted three uses of it which he claimed were acceptable.

Chapman, of Chapel Lane, insisted that he was referring to a Caribbean catering van at the ground.

He told the hearing that he’d said to Mr Coomes: “I don’t think the *** food van should be here.”

Mr Coomes, whom the court told was a good friend of Mr Ross, gave evidence for the prosecution.

He said he was “absolutely certain” the phrase was: “I see you are still doing that *** food.”

The court was told that Mr Ross asked Mr Coomes whether Chapman had said what he thought he he’d said. Mr Coomes said “yes” but, importantly, the full phrase wasn’t confirmed, Mr Coomes was only acknowledging the use of that single word.

Mr Ross told Chapman he should “knock him out” before leaving the ground. He said he’d asked Mr Coomes to eject Chapman.

Bench chair Helen Brown said: “Without supporting evidence as to what was actually said, we do not feel we have sufficient proof that Mr Chapman’s words were aimed directly at Mr Ross.

“Mr Chapman accepts his use of the word. However, it is our view that even in that context, the word *** would cause, and did, alarm and distress to Mr Ross, who was in earshot.

“We don’t consider the word acceptable in any context or should be used within the hearing of anyone.”

Chapman was fined £240 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Ross, £310 in costs and £334 victim surcharge.

A “moonwalking” Lincoln City fan has been banned from Sincil Bank for a second time.

Season ticket holder of six years Shane Barton ran onto the pitch and briefly performed the Michael Jackson dance move at last month’s home league fixture with Charlton Athletic.

The 27-year-old received a three-year ban from attending any FA match in the UK and a court bill of £811.

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City magistrates heard that Barton had received a club ban about three years ago after playfully giving a player a “comedy double slap” on the cheeks in a match against Sunderland.

This week the groundworker, of Cupola Close, North Hykeham, pleaded guilty to going onto a playing area at a football match on October 16.

The hearing was told that Barton was one of a number of fans who got on to the pitch after Charlton had scored a second-half equaliser.

Prosecutor Marie Stace: “A police officer observes Mr Barton running on to the pitch near to the away end. He initially assumed he was an away fan but then saw that the stewards were walking him back to the Co-op stand, which is for home fans.

“So he escorts Mr Barton on to Sincil Bank. He says: ‘This was disrupted by other fans trying to get to Mr Barton but we did manage to get him outside.’”

She added: “After caution, he did say to the officer that he had got a little excited.”

In interview, the defendant admitted his actions and said he’d had four to five pints.

Solicitor Vicki Clayton, mitigating, said Barton described his excitement as going over to fans and doing a “moonwalk”.

“He got carried away, went on to the pitch and the moonwalk was less than ten seconds before he was escorted off,” she added.

Miss Clayton asked the magistrates not to impose the football banning order as there had been no violence shown towards anyone and a ban would also punish a young child who usually attends matches with him but hadn’t that day.

Referring to the previous ban imposed by Lincoln City, Miss Clayton said Barton had later written to the owner apologising for his actions and the club had agreed to end it.

Bench chair Pamela Newman told the father-of-three: “You were in drink but the worst thing was that you entered the playing area and there were other people around you could’ve incited into doing things.

“Winding people up, whether intentional or not, is going to cause problems.”

As well as the ban, Barton was fined £660 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £66 victim surcharge.

A Charlton Athletic fan who ran on to the pitch at Lincoln City and goaded home fans has been given a three-year football banning order.

Thomas Morris, 36, also picked up a £516 court bill and copped an earful from his pregnant wife when she found out that he had been arrested.

To make matters worse for him, Charlton conceded a late winner and he missed the last train home from Lincoln because he was in custody.

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Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard on Wednesday that his drunken moment of madness happened in the 63rd minute of the League One fixture on October 16 after Charlton had scored an equaliser.

He jumped over advertising hoardings behind a goal at Sincil Bank and ran towards the Co-op Stand.

Morris was “cheering, chanting and waving his arms” towards Imps fans in block seven and admitted that he may have made a rude gesture with a fist.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said: “In interview, he said he’d had too much to drink and jumped on to the pitch because he got carried away.

“[He said] it was a stressful time supporting his team at the minute and when they scored he got carried away because others do it at matches he’s been to.”

Morris insisted he had not shouted, sworn or tried to incite any violence. He pleaded guilty to going onto a playing area at a football match.

In mitigation, the defendant said he was sorry and it wouldn’t happen again.

He added: “I’ve never done any violence in my life. I was drunk and made a mistake.

“I missed the last train from Lincoln and had to pay more than £30 to get to Newark just to get home.

“My wife wasn’t speaking to me and says if it happens again we’ll get divorced. I had to bring her up here today and it’s cost me £100.”

A football banning order can be imposed when certain offences have been committed and a court believes it would help to prevent violence or disorder in future.

Morris, of Henderson Grove, Biggin Hill, Kent, is now banned from attending any FA match in the UK for 36 months.

Bench chairman Pamela Newman told him that he had acted like a “complete prat”.

She added: “If you’ve got a season ticket, I’d flog it.”

Morris was also fined £392 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £39 victim surcharge.

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