Court punishes fan from England for Nazi salute in Volgograd bar
The fan was banned from attending the national team matches abroad for five years after he performed an anti-Semitic song in a Volgograd bar. Two more Englishmen will be brought to trial for a similar violation.
The British police have tracked down fans of the England national team, who were caught on video singing an anti-Semitic song in a bar in Volgograd, The Telegraph reports. All three fans have been brought to trial in their homeland.
The video, which has spread across social networks, shows three English fans singing a song that mentions Hitler and Auschwitz and displaying Nazi salutes in a bar. This happened on June 18 before the England match against Tunisia, which was held in Volgograd.
The 57-year-old Michael Herbert, who appeared before the court in Leicester, was banned from attending the matches of the English national team held abroad for five years. Two other football fans — 58-year-old David Batty and 52-year-old Michael Burns — were brought to trial in Leeds in the case of offenses related to football, The Telegraph notes. The consideration of their case was postponed until Tuesday, June 26.
The Football Association of England condemned the behavior of fans, SkyNews reports. “The disgraceful behavior of the individuals shown on the video does not represent the values of most football fans from England who came to Russia to support the team,” the Association representatives said.
There was another incident, following which the court in Oxford forbade a 25-year-old Paul Johnson to attend the matches of the English national team for three years. The Telegraph reported that Johnson was detained on a train from Moscow to Volgograd on Monday, June 18. It was previously reported that two football fans from the UK had been brought to administrative responsibility for debauchery and drunkenness on a train to Volgograd.