Three Arsenal fans given three-year football banning orders for tragedy chanting during Liverpool game


Arsenal have handed three supporters three-year football banning orders after they pleaded guilty to tragedy chanting during the Premier League game against Liverpool in January.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) defines “tragedy-related abuse” as when fans sing, chant or gesture offensive messages about “disasters or accidents involving players or fans — including references to the Hillsborough disaster, Munich Air Crash, Bradford Fire, Leeds United fans killed in Istanbul”.

“We strongly condemn this abhorrent behaviour,” an Arsenal statement said on Thursday. “We have worked closely with the police to ensure swift action was taken and we welcome the football banning orders handed out.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to tragedy chanting and will always ensure strong action is taken against those found guilty of such behaviour.”

The CPS has taken regular action against football fans who have been found guilty of tragedy-related abuse in recent years, including sanctioning a Tottenham Hotspur fan with a three-year football banning order for an offence during the north London side’s game against Liverpool last year.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police charged Michael Bernard Avery, 44, with Section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986 earlier this week. He has been bailed.

The charge comes after video footage was shared of a man in the home section of the Old Trafford crowd during United’s FA Cup win over Liverpool last weekend. GMP is continuing to investigate further reports from the fixture, including a video of alleged tragedy chants in the Liverpool section of the ground.

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