Manchester City ban two fans for life after racist comments against Raheem Sterling

Following sentencing, Detective Constable Chris Preston said: “There are few words that can be used to describe the behaviour of McConnell and Baldry during this incident but their actions were absolutely disgusting.

“For them to brazenly and loudly use racist language in front of numerous other spectators as though it was completely normal is astonishing.

“The fact that they were quite happy to also racially abuse players from the team they claim to support just goes to show the close-mindedness of these individuals, and I want to pay tribute to those fans who identified what was happening and raised the issue with a nearby steward.

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“Racism at football matches simply will not be tolerated by Greater Manchester Police and we are prepared to take positive action against anyone seeking to take part in this kind of behaviour.”

In a statement, Manchester City said: “Following the sentencing of Ian Baldry and James McConnell at Manchester Magistrates’ Court and in line with Manchester City’s zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, lifetime bans have been issued by the club.

“The club would like to thank Manchester City supporters for reporting both incidents and their cooperation throughout the investigations.”

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