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A Wolves Fan Has Been Sentenced To Real Imprisonment For Racism Towards Rio Ferdinand

The incident occurred in May 2021 during the match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton in the Premier League at Molineux Stadium – it was the first game with fans in the stands after the pandemic.

One of the Wolves fans displayed racist gestures towards the former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand, who worked as a BT Sport expert during the match. The fan was identified through video cameras.

On December 8, 33-year-old Jamie Arnold from Stone, Staffordshire, was sentenced. Arnold was found guilty of a public order offense on racial grounds.

The Royal Court of Wolverhampton sentenced the offender to 6 months in prison. Still, he will be released after serving half of the sentence and under supervision for 12 months. The fan is prohibited from attending stadiums for 7 years.

«Wolverhampton does not want racists at its stadium. They do not want you to be their fan; this city does not tolerate racist behavior. It was intentional, deliberate, and deeply offensive to Mr. Ferdinand and everyone around,» said Judge Rona Campbell while delivering the sentence.

Published by Patrick Jane