Four-year match ban for Pompey fan after racist outburst on train

David Berry
David Berry
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A POMPEY fan convicted of using racist and threatening behaviour onboard a train has been banned from UK football matches for four years.

David Anthony Berry, 30, was found guilty of a public order offence and racially aggravated harassment after his outburst following Portsmouth’s away match against Doncaster Rovers on February 12.

Berry was returning from the club’s win at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on the 4pm Edinburgh to London Kings Cross service with a group of Pompey fans when he began to racially abuse a young couple.

When another man travelling with his family in the carriage intervened, Berry turned his aggression towards him, using threatening language.

British Transport Police officers officers were called to Newark Northgate station shortly after 7pm to meet the train and arrested Berry.

Three other Portsmouth supporters were kicked off the train for disorderly conduct.

Berry, of Margate Road, Southsea, who has already previously served a banning order and a sporting event exclusion order, was found guilty of racially aggravated behaviour and a public order offence following a two-day trial at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

He was given a four-year football banning order, fined £200, told to pay £600 costs and do 200 hours of unpaid work.

PC John Stubbs, football intelligence officer at the British Transport Police, said: ‘Berry’s behaviour that day was completely unacceptable. He caused a young couple, who were simply trying to make their way home, distress and a man who tried to help was abused for his efforts.

‘His clear disregard for other law-abiding passengers on the train caused what should have been a pleasant journey into a nightmare. Officers acted quickly and removed the troublemakers at the earliest opportunity.’

The banning order prohibits Berry from attending any more matches over the next four years and he must stay away from the rail network when Portsmouth or England play.

PC Stubbs added: ‘This is a prime example of the hard work officers carry out on match days to make sure the public can travel in a safe environment and act swiftly when the small minority of supposed football fans – like Berry – act out of line.’