Boston United fan banned over racist comment

Jakemans Stadium
Image caption The incident took place at Boston United's home game against Worcester City on 27 February

A Boston United fan who "shouted racist abuse" at an opposing team's player during a game has been banned for life.

The home supporter targeted Worcester City defender Wayne Thomas during the fixture at Boston United's Jakemans Stadium in February.

Boston chairman David Newton said the club would not tolerate any form of racial harassment.

He said he hoped the ban would serve as a warning to anyone else who thinks it is alright to abuse players.

Boston United has not released the name of the fan, who it said could face further action from police "following the admissions made."

Mr Newton said: "We have a loyal set of fans who follow the club home and away. Although this was a very rare incident, it was totally unacceptable."

The incident happened during the second half of a match at The Jakemans Stadium on 27 February.

The teams went on to a 1-1 draw in the National League North game.

Talking about the incident, Boston manager Dennis Greene described it as "going back to the 80s", adding: "It's ridiculous, racial abuse shouldn't come in to football anymore."

Wayne Thomas told Worcester News racism was still a problem in the game.

A number of anti-racism campaigns exist in the sport, including Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card.

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