West Ham fan spared jail for racial abuse

anti-semiticabuseWest Ham fan Mark Harding has been told to pay £150 compensation and perform 60 hours of unpaid community service for telling a Spurs supporter to “stick your head in the oven like the Jew you are” on Twitter. He also said that he hoped the fan would “die in a freak car accident”.

The 48-year-old fan from Walsall claimed that his tweets constituted “football banter”. His lawyer, Tina Patel, told the court: “He was involved in banter that escalated out of control. He is totally ashamed by all of this.”

Harding watched West Ham being defeated by Spurs and had taken to drinking during which Spurs supporters taunted him online.

Harding, admitted sending offensive communications and was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence JP Harvey Simons at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. Sentencing Harding, Simmons said that his tweets were “hurtful and obnoxious”.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “West Ham fan spared jail for racial abuse

  1. I read this earlier absolutely disgusting what makes these idiots say this stuff and why did they let him off so lightly, thankfully these idiots are becoming fewer and fewer at our club.

  2. He looks like my cabbie! Oh wait a minute…

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