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English Football Fan Banned from Every Football Ground for Three Years after Ripping Up Quran + Photo

22 December, 2014 13:14
English Football Fan Banned from Every Football Ground for Three Years after Ripping Up Quran + Photo

English football fan Julie Phillips, 51, has been banned from all football stadiums for minimum three years for tearing up a copy of Islam's Holy Book during an English football match and throwing the pieces in the air.

Police said Phillips, who already had a lifetime ban from Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, caused or contributed to other acts of disorder.

Phillips ripped pages from the Quran and handed them out to fellow away supporters to shred during offensive chanting, Birmingham Magistrates' Court in central England heard, the Daily Sabah reported.

The incident happened during the second-tier English Championship 2-2 draw between hosts Birmingham City and visitors Middlesbrough at St Andrew's stadium on December 7.


Source : Abna 

Phillips was convicted of causing harassment, alarm or distress and ordered to pay £730 ($1,230, 890 euros) on May.

She denied knowing that the book being torn apart was the Quran and claimed she was simply making confetti to throw in the air.

Passing sentence, Gordon Sayers said: "This was a very unpleasant offence and there was a degree of pre-planning involved."

He told Phillips: "We have seen very clear CCTV footage of you ripping up the Quran and you passing pages to a small group of other supporters.

"We are satisfied that you were aware of what you were distributing.

"This behavior was in a football stadium and was both abusive and insulting."

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