Seven men sentenced for racist behaviour following FA Cup match

30/10/2013

Seven men were sentenced today at Blackfriars Crown Court for their abusive behaviour on a train from Putney to Waterloo following the FA Cup Match between Fulham and Charlton Athletic on 7 January 2012.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "These men were singing and chanting racist abuse in praise of the convicted murderers of Stephen Lawrence. To glorify and idolise these men was disturbing and upsetting.

"Their racially and sexually abusive language left members of the public shocked and disgusted. Witnesses said they felt intimidated and feared there was a real and significant risk of violence.

"I would like to thank the witnesses who came forward and gave evidence to support this prosecution.

"As the Hate Crime Champion for the CPS I am committed to ensuring that CPS London works with its police partners to tackle this type of behaviour.

"I hope these convictions stand as a warning that racist and abusive behaviour will not be tolerated in our city."

Background

The following men were convicted of racially aggravated fear of violence contrary to section 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998:

David Bone, 23: 18 months imprisonment and 8 year football banning order (FBO)
Daniel Clay, 31: 18 months imprisonment and 8 year FBO
Ben Boylett, 26: 12 months imprisonment and 8 year FBO
Sean Fowle, 25: 8 months imprisonment and 8 year FBO
Jason Butler, 31: 12 months imprisonment and 8 year FBO
Aaron Phinbow, 25: 8 months imprisonment and 8 year FBO
Jake Embery, 22: 6 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months with 6 month curfew requirement and 6 month residence requirement and 4 year FBO plus £3,000 costs