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Liverpool fan banned for Evra abuse

Premier League

LIVERPOOL, England – A Liverpool fan has been banned from football for four years after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United captain Patrice Evra.

Phillip Gannon was seen on live television making a racially offensive monkey gesture during the FA Cup fourth round match between the sides.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: The Liverpool Football Club emblem, The Liver Bird, adorns the front gates of Anfield on October 12, 2010 in Liverpool, England. The Royal Bank of Scotland, which holds the majority of Liverpool's debts, is seeking a high court order to prevent the American co-owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr, from removing the chairman Martin Broughton and another board member. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The normally heated atmosphere was even more volatile because it was the first match between the clubs since Liverpool's Luis Suarez was handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra.

On Friday, Liverpool Magistrates' court banned the 58-year-old from all Liverpool and England games and ordered him to pay a 180

fine as well as 300 prosecution costs. Gannon is also banned from Liverpool city center for four hours before and after a match. – Sapa-AP

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