Norwich Man Fined For Throwing Banana Skin At Arsenal Player
18 December 2018, 15:04 | Updated: 18 December 2018, 15:07
A Tottenham fan from Norwich who threw a banana skin at black Arsenal footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been fined five hundred pounds.
57 year old Averof Panteli from Borrowdale Drive admitted sending the object onto the pitch during the north London derby at the Emirates earlier this month.
The van driver, 57, said he threw the skin in a "spur of the moment" action but strongly denied there was any racist intent, Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court heard on Tuesday.
But Magistrate Mervyn Mandell said: "We find it was a targeted gesture to throw a banana skin after a goal was scored by a black player. We have in the circumstances found the racial element was there."
Panteli has also been given a four year football banning order.