Man given 'landmark' stadium ban for racially abusing Brentford striker

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Man given 'landmark' stadium ban for racially abusing Brentford striker

A man who racially abused Brentford striker Ivan Toney on social media has been banned from every football ground in the United Kingdom for three years.

It is the first banning order issued under the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Antonio Neill, 24, admitted sending an offensive message at Newcastle Magistrates' Court in January.

Neill, of Blyth, Northumberland, was also handed a four-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

As well as all matches in the UK, the banning order prevents Neill from travelling abroad to watch international friendlies, qualification matches and tournaments.

New legislation was brought in last year to widen the scope of banning orders for online hate crimes.

"Discrimination has absolutely no place in any society, whether out in our communities or online," said Supt Scott Cowie, hate crime lead for Northumbria Police.

"I hope this reinforces our commitment to taking action against anybody who commits a hate crime - it will not be tolerated and we will do all we can to put perpetrators before the courts."

Brentford described the ban issued to Neill as a "landmark ruling".

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