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Everton football fan convicted of hate crime

|News, Hate crime

A football supporter who shouted racial abuse at a player during a game between Crystal Palace and Everton in August 2019 has been convicted of a hate crime.

Darren Chadwick, 39, from Liverpool, hurled a racist insult at Crystal Palace player Andros Townsend as he was taking a corner during a game at Selhurst Park Stadium on 10 August. Chadwick was in the second row, around three metres from the pitch. He was escorted out by stewards, one of who overheard the racist remark, and subsequently arrested.

He was yesterday (Tuesday 3 March) convicted of racially aggravated harassment following a trial at Croydon Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £1,050, ordered to pay £625 in costs and banned from attending football matches for three years. The fine was increased by £350 (from £700) to reflect the fact that Chadwick demonstrated hostility based on Mr Townsend’s race.

Krista Cronshaw, from the CPS, said: “Racism at football matches will not be tolerated and the CPS will continue to work with partners to stamp out this hateful behaviour.

“Chadwick was overheard by a steward who alerted the authorities to the language directed at a footballer. The diligence of the steward has meant that Chadwick has been held to account. He will now be banned from attending football matches and has a criminal record as a consequence of his actions.

“We hope that this conviction encourages anyone who experiences or witnesses a hate crime of this nature to contact the police and we will work with them to bring those responsible to justice.”

Notes to editors

  • Krista Cronshaw is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Magistrates’ unit in CPS London South
  • Darren Chadwick (DOB: 15.10.1980) is of Wallace Avenue, Huyton in Liverpool
  • Chadwick was convicted after trial of one count of racially aggravated harassment - words. He pleaded not guilty to the offence at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 03.12.2019.

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