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Arsenal fan banned for throwing banana at Bale

An Arsenal fan has been banned three years from soccer matches for throwing a banana at Tottenham forward Gareth Bale

AP, Friday 12 Apr 2013
Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (Photo: Reuters)
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Thomas Flint was accused by a judge of ''disgraceful behavior'' for hurling the fruit at Bale, who is white, as he took a corner kick. Flint also swore at Tottenham fans during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane on March 3.

District Judge Rebecca Crane told Flint at a magistrates' court on Friday that he allowed his passion for soccer ''to boil over into hostility for a single player and the opposing team. It could have boiled over into violence.''

Flint was also fined $385.

Arsenal previously said it would ban for life the fan found guilty of the offense.
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