Abu­sive fan banned

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A foot­ball fan who racially abused Ebb­s­fleet United keeper Nathan Ash­more has been banned by the club and fined by mag­is­trates.

Eastleigh FC sup­porter Martin Lom­bardi shouted foul lan­guage at the shot-stop­per dur­ing a Na­tional League match in April and was re­ported to po­lice over the mat­ter by in­censed fans who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested Lom­bardi, 59, and charged him with us­ing threat­en­ing words, be­hav­iour or lan­guage to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress.

He ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trates in Southamp­ton and pleaded guilty.

The court heard Mr Ash­more came in for the abuse dur­ing Eastleigh FC’s 1-0 loss to Ebb­s­fleet last sea­son.

Lom­bardi, of Southamp­ton, has also been banned from at­tend­ing Eastleigh FC fix­tures.

Mag­is­trates fined Lom­bardi £650 and or­dered he pay £600 com­pen­sa­tion to the goal­keeper.

Ash­more was the tar­get of more abuse dur­ing Satur­day’s Na­tional League clash with Bore­ham Wood. He con­fronted the fans re­spon­si­ble and the club has since apol­o­gised.

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