England’s first stadium ban for online racism: man who assaulted Brentford striker banned from attending a game for three years


The man who racially insulted Brentford footballer Ivan Toney on social media will no longer be welcome in any football stadium in the UK for the next three years. That reports the club from the Premier League. It is the first time that a stadium ban has come into effect on the basis of a new law after online racism.


Antonio Neill, 24, sent the message in October last year via Toney’s Instagram page. The player shared this message publicly, prompting a police investigation. Neill pleaded guilty to sending this offensive message in Newcastle on January 25. On Monday he received a four-month suspended prison sentence (for two years) and a three-year ban from attending football matches in England.

The ban applies to the five top football leagues in England and to the home games of the England national team. He is also not allowed to travel abroad to attend international friendlies, qualifiers and tournaments.

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