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Football fan who ripped up Koran banned for 3 years

2014-12-17 22:17:46

Julie Phillips
Middlesbrough supporter Julie Phillips

A football fan who tore up a copy of the Koran during a match at St Andrew's is the first woman to be banned from every ground in the country.

Boro supporter Julie Phillips' ban will last for three years.

The 51 year-old supporter previously admitted tearing up a book at the match between Birmingham City and Middlesbrough last December as Blues drew 2-2 with her team, but said she didn't realise its religious significance.

She lost her job at Middlesbrough Council.

And she was found guilty of committing a religiously aggravated public order offence at Birmingham Magistrates, along with 18-year-old Gemma Parkin, in April.

Phillips was fined £300 with £430 costs by Birmingham magistrates, but was spared a football banning order.

But yesterday (December 16) at Teesside Magistrates' Court she was handed an order with a minimum term of three years following an application by Cleveland Police.

Detective Constable Jamie Smith told court that supplementary evidence to support the banning order was not given to magistrates in Birmingham.

He said that on February 23, 2013, Phillips had allegedly racially abused a steward at the Riverside Stadium when Boro lost 2-1 to Millwall.

Det Con Smith said an Asian steward said Phillips called him a "P****" and other stewards "Little Hitlers".

He said Phillips was arrested but the steward later withdrew his statement.

Det Con Smith also told the court details of Phillips's behaviour during Boro's 0-0 pre-season friendly against Hartlepool in July 2013.

He said that after the match in Hartlepool, Phillips, of Kenmore Close, Thorntree, got into an argument with youths on the train back to Middlesbrough which led to a fight at Middlesbrough Station.

He said there was also trouble involving Phillips on the train back from London after Boro's 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in November 2009.

Det Con Smith said she was repeatedly warned for swearing, had a Coke bottle with alcohol in it taken off her and swore at other train users and some Sunderland fans.

She was ejected from the train at Grantham and received a 12-month conditional discharge and £85 fine at Grantham Magistrates' Court in February 2010.

Middlesbrough Football Club has already banned Phillips from attending matches.

Phillips told the court that her life had "completely changed" since she had been found guilty.

Phillips told District Judge Kristina Harrison said she had been a Boro fan since she was seven and used to drive minibuses to away games before she began using a coach company.

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