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.

Arsenal fan banned for throwing banana at Gareth Bale
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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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