Liverpool's Mohamed Salah gestures after Aston Villa's Ross Barkley scores his side's fifth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. AP
West Ham United fan Bradley Thumwood has been banned from football for three years for racially abusing Liverpool’s Egyptian star winger Mohamed Salah last year.
The Liverpool Echo newspaper reported on Wednesday 48-year-old Thumwood pleaded guilty for targeting the Pharaohs' star with Islamophopic abuse in the 1-1 Premier League draw between both teams in January 2019.
A video from the game at the London Stadium was widely shared on social media at the time; showing the fan shouting “Salah you f****Muslim. F**** Muslim c***.F*** off.”
Besides the football ban, Thumwood was also fined £400 and told to pay a victim surcharge and costs of £215.
The West Ham management opened an investigation directly after the incident, while the club’s spokesman said: “West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance -- we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.”
“Equality and diversity are at the heart of the football club and we are committed to continue ensuring that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy watching their team play football in an inclusive environment,” he added.
After joining the Reds from Italy’s AS Roma in 2017, the 28-year-old Salah quickly established himself as one of the key stars at Liverpool after guiding the team to win a host of trophies in the last three years.
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