Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Judge overturns conviction in homophobic slurs case

A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man who were found guilty of shouting homophobic slurs at footballer Sol Campbell (pictured) have had their convictions overturned.

UK Pink News reports:
Ian Trow of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and the 14-year-old, who cannot be named, had denied indecent chanting at the Portsmouth v Tottenham Hotspur game in September last year. They were accused of shouting: "Come on gay boy, that's my gay boy". In May, Trow was given a £500 fine and a three-year ban from attending matches, while the 14-year-old was fined £415 and also received a ban. However, after an appeal, the cases were heard again at Portsmouth crown court. Reviewing the footage of the fans, Judge Price said: "We can hear the crowd, we can hear the words 'gay boy'. We can't be sure those words came from Mr Trow's mouth; we can't be sure those words came from the boy's mouth." In a statement read out in court, Campbell said he felt "victimised" and "disgusted" by the chanting. Read more at UK Pink News.