‘Football is not the place for such behaviour’
After making fun of the helicopter accident that claimed the life of Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the former chairman of Leicester City, a Sunderland AFC supporter has been fined and banned for three years.
Leicestershire Police detained 20-year-old Keelan Murray of Coquet in Rickleton, Washington, after he was “seen to make a gesture that referenced the helicopter crash at the stadium in 2018”.
The incident took place during the Black Cat’s 1-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium on the evening of Tuesday October 24.
When Murray appeared in Leicester Magistrates’ Court last week, he entered a guilty plea to a Section 5 Public Order offence.
In addition to being prohibited from attending any football games for the following three years, he was also required to pay a victim surcharge of £48, £85 in costs, and a fine of £120.
Computer “Tragedy chanting” and offensive gestures are illegal in Leicestershire Police, and those who participate run the risk of being arrested,” stated David Stevens, the department’s dedicated football officer.
“We will continue to work with the club to identify those committing such offences, as such behaviour has no place in football.”
On October 29, 2018, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed outside the stadium.
When the aircraft lost control and crashed, two members of his staff, the pilot, and a passenger also perished in the disaster.