A Blackburn Rovers fan has been fined £1,000 and banned from attending football matches for 5 years, after admitting to racially abusing Birmingham's Dwight Yorke. 22 year old Jason Perryman from Chorely in north east England, admitted to a racially aggravated public order offence before Blackburn magistrates court. Another man charged with an alleged incident denied the allegations and will have his case heard in December.
The incidents occurred on Sunday 21 November 2004 at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park stadium, prior to the English Premier League match against Birmingham City FC. Dwight Yorke, a former Blackburn player, was warming up and two spectators taunted him from the corner of the stand. Dwight went over to confront the spectators, after which, one of them was ejected from the ground for making obscene hand gestures. Dwight claimed that these spectators racially abused him.
In court, John Fryer, chairman of the bench, told Perryman,
“You racially humiliated Dwight Yorke in public by both actions as well as words. There is no place in football or anywhere else for racist behaviour.”