Man To Face Trial Over Bradford Fire Comments

17 March 2015, 14:19

A football fan will go on trial later this year after pleading not guilty to racially aggravated disorderly behaviour over comments on Facebook relating to the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

 

 


A football fan will go on trial later this year after pleading not guilty to racially aggravated disorderly behaviour by making offensive comments on Facebook relating to the 1985 Bradford City fire disaster.

Mark Randall, 45, of Chesterfield Road, Pleasley, near Mansfield, appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court today for a brief hearing.

Chesterfield fan Randall is charged with racially or religiously aggravated disorderly behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

He was charged after an inquiry into comments posted to a League One fans' page following Chesterfield's 1-0 home defeat to Bradford City on December 13, last year.

Randall pleaded not guilty to the offence and was told he will go on trial at Chesterfield Magistrates' Court on May 29 at 10am. The court heard the trial should last about two hours.

He was given conditional bail.

56 fans lost their lives and hundreds were injured after a stand caught fire at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium during a match against Lincoln City on 11th May 1985.

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