A Manchester United fan has been fined and banned from football in the UK for four years for wearing a replica shirt mocking the Hillsborough disaster.
Police received a number of complaints about James White’s shirt with the figure “97” and the words “Not Enough” on the back at the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium earlier this month.
It referred to the 97 fans of United’s arch rivals Liverpool who were victims of a crush during an FA Cup semi-final match at the stadium in Sheffield in April 1989.
White admitted a single charge of displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
“It is hard to imagine a more… offensive reference to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster,” judge Mark Jabbitt told him when he appeared in court in northwest London for sentencing.
Jabbitt fined White £1,000 ($1,280) with a £400 victim surcharge and ordered him to pay £85 in court costs.
He also banned him from attending football for four years.
White was arrested after photographs of him wearing the shirt were posted and shared online, prompting his arrest by police.
When questioned, he initially claimed the shirt was a reference to his grandfather, who died aged 97 and “didn’t have enough kids”, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.