Racist yob banned11 August 2005

A football hooligan was banned from UK football matches for three years after shouting insults at former Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke. David Ashcroft, 22, hurled abuse at the player as he warmed up to play against Blackburn Rovers in November 2004.

Ashcroft admitted public order offences and was also fined £200 plus £80 court costs by Blackburn magistrates. An original charge of using racially aggravated language was dropped.

Ashcroft is the fifth man to be banned after the incident at Ewood Park. Previously, Shaun Baxter, Andrew Roberts and Brian Hargreaves were banned for five years whilst Jason Perryman was banned for four years after they all admitted shouting racist insults.