Arsenal fan banned for throwing banana at Gareth Bale

Updated: 12 April 2013 17:35 IST

Thomas Flint was accused by a judge of "disgraceful behavior" for hurling the fruit at Bale during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane on March 3.

London:

An Arsenal supporter has been banned from attending football matches for three years after admitting to throwing a banana at Tottenham forward Gareth Bale during a north London derby.

Thomas Flint was accused by a judge of "disgraceful behavior" for hurling the fruit at Bale, who is white, as he took a corner, and swearing 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 football "to boil over into hostility for a single player and the opposing team. It could have boiled over into violence."

Flint was also fined 250 pounds ($385).

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

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