Leeds & West Yorkshire

Huddersfield Town fan admits Nazi salute

Gareth Smith
Image caption Gareth Smith appeared at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court on Thursday

A Huddersfield Town fan who was caught on camera making a Nazi salute at a football match has been fined and banned from matches for three years.

Father-of-two Gareth Smith, 28, of Grosvenor Road, Dalton, was arrested after his team's home game against Leeds United on 1 December.

Huddersfield Magistrates' Court heard Smith was in a group of people making anti-Jewish chants.

He pleaded guilty to a religiously aggravated public order offence.

'Highly inflammatory'

The court heard four Jewish Leeds fans complained that chants including repeated use of the word "yid" were coming from the section of the crowd Smith was in.

The court was told Smith admitted to police that he made the "Hitler salute".

A member of the crowd took a picture of the group Smith was in, and he can be seen making the gesture.

Chairman of the Bench Edward Brady said: "This was a highly inflammatory act.

"This went way beyond the banter that could be expected, even in a heated football match."

Smith, who admitted a charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour that was religiously aggravated, was given a UK-wide football banning order, a £130 fine and told to pay £85 costs and a £25 surcharge.

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