A man from Huddersfield has been banned from matches after making a racist gesture at a game between Huddersfield Town and Leeds United.
Gareth Smith, 28, of Dalton, Huddersfield was banned for three years after being found guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence during the game last December.
The conviction has been welcomed by Huddersfield Town FC and West Yorkshire Police who have described his behaviour as “provocative and distressing”.
Smith was convicted for his actions during the Huddersfield Town vs Leeds United match on December 1 where he was spotted making a Nazi salute towards Leeds fans.
He was spotted and ejected from the ground by Huddersfield stewards who reported the matter to police afterwards.
The ban prevents him from going within a mile of Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium up to three hours before kick off on match days.
He has also been banned from going within five miles of a stadium where Huddersfield are playing on match days and must surrender his passport before England games.
Superintendent David Lunn said: “We welcome the conviction of Gareth Smith in court today for his provocative and distressing behaviour during the game which clearly caused great offence.
“The conviction sends a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated by either Huddersfield Town Football club or West Yorkshire Police.
“We work closely with the football club to tackle abusive behaviour and the consequences for those caught can be severe and long term.”