Sunderland monkey chant fan back in court over drunken row

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A FOOTBALL fan hauled before the courts for making monkey gestures at a match has found himself in trouble again.

Liam Jones was banned from attending games for three years in August after he racially abused a Premiership player.

Unemployed Jones was slapped with the ban by Sunderland Magistrates’ Court after admitting making the gestures at Romelu Lukaku when he scored for West Brom at the Stadium of Light last season.

Jones, 22, has now been back before the same court to plead guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said Jones was spotted by police outside Arizona in Sunderland city centre, arguing with a man in the early hours of September 15.

Jones, of General Havelock Road, was twice warned about his behaviour and arrested when he continued to swear.

He is already subject to a community order, to run until May 2015, and owes the court more than £900 in fines.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said he was in breach of a conditional discharge, imposed in August for a racially-aggravated public order offence.

He asked the court not to fine Jones, as he was on benefits, suffering from depression and living on the breadline.

Chairman John Price imposed a six-month conditional discharge and ordered Jones pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Jones was given an 18-month community order in August after breaching his ban within days by failing to attend a police station.