Man guilty of racial abuse in front of family at Everton game
Published 21/01/2013 | 14:05
A MAN has been found guilty of racially abusing two Premier League footballers in front of his wife, children and grandson.
Everton fan William Blything hurled the racist abuse at Queen's Park Rangers' Korean captain Park Ji-Sung and Everton forward Victor Anichebe as his team drew 1-1 at Loftus Road on October 21.
Blything, of Moss Pits Lane in Wavertree, Liverpool, denied a single count of racially-aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress but was found guilty at West London Magistrates' Court today.
Passing verdict, District Judge Jeremy Coleman said the defendant would not face a custodial penalty when he is sentenced on February 11.
He said: "If the players had heard these comments - and there is no evidence that they did - it would have caused them upset."
The 42-year-old was arrested after he was reported to stewards by two fellow Evertonians as he watched the game with his wife, 16-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and three-year-old grandson.
Giving evidence in court today, Everton fan Neil Jordan said he was "outraged" by the abuse and tweeted a picture of Blything, referring to him as a "racist t***" before reporting him to stewards.
Mr Jordan said he first noticed Blything as he made one of his children cry by telling him to "man up" when QPR scored a goal.
He later heard the defendant refer to Anichebe, who is originally from Nigeria, as a "f****** black monkey".
Mr Jordan said: "At that point I realised that it wasn't an isolated incident.
"There was clearly some intent to target that player because, in my opinion, of the colour of his skin, coupled with general agitation and abuse aimed at the home end and abuse towards another opposition player."
Louise Thomas, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Jordan was left "shaking and distraught" by the abuse.
Also giving evidence, Everton fan John Murmame said he heard Blything shout "Take down that chink" in reference to Ji-Sung.
"I go to a lot of football games but this was exceptional," he said.
The match saw QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and other teammates refuse to don a T-shirt in support of anti-racism campaign Kick It Out.
Last October, Chelsea captain John Terry was given a four-month suspension and £220,000 fine for racially abusing Ferdinand during a match in October 2011.