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Everton ban a fan found guilty of racial abuse.

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Everton have barred a fan from attending any of the Club's games after a court found him guilty of racially abusing Victor Anichebe and Queens Park Rangers' Ji Sung Park.

William Blything from Wavertree shouted abuse at the duo during Everton's 1-1 draw at Loftus Road on 21 October 2012.

The 42-year-old Season Ticket holder had denied racially-aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress but was found guilty at West London Magistrates' Court today (Monday, January 21).

An Everton spokesperson said: "Clearly this was a deplorable incident. The individual involved will now be prevented from entering Goodison or any away grounds until the court sentences him on February 11. 

"Once sentencing has been carried out, he can expect a lengthy banning order preventing him from attending any football for a considerable period of time."

The court heard Blything was arrested after two fellow Everton fans reported him to stewards.

They had seen him watching the game with his wife, 16-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and three-year-old grandson.

Giving evidence, Everton fan Neil Jordan said he was "outraged" by the abuse.

He said he first noticed Blything when he made one of his children cry by telling him to "man up" when QPR scored a goal.

He later heard him being racially abusive towards Anichebe.

Also giving evidence, Everton fan John Murmame said he heard Blything shout abuse at Ji-Sung.

"I go to a lot of football games but this was exceptional," he said.

District Judge Coleman said: "If the players had heard these comments - and there is no evidence that they did - it would have caused them upset."

The Judge said the defendant would not face a custodial penalty when he is sentenced on February 11.
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