The problem of racism in football may have improved but clearly there are still problems.
A Newcastle player was subjected to monkey taunts by a rival fan last month but the offender was arrested and has now been found guilty, receiving both a fine and a banning order.
The incident happened at the Liberty Stadium at the start of December and the Swansea fan reacted to a challenge by an unnamed Newcastle player by making monkey gestures with his arms and body.
The fan, 25 year old Thomas Evans, was also found guilty of possessing cannabis and when it came to giving mitigating factors in his defence, they were almost more pathetic than his monkey gestures.
Evans claimed that he found the drugs on the ground outside the stadium and that the monkey gestures ‘came into his head because he’d seen them on television’.
The final part of his ‘defence’ came when he admitted to being a seven on a scale of one to ten for drunkenness after drinking Strongbow cider for six hours before kick-off with his mother!
As well as the banning order and £65 fine, the guilty party also revealed that now his mother wasn’t speaking to him due to the incident.