Labour councillor banned from football matches after racist abuse

Cllr David Phythian, a Conservative Labour member of West Lancashire District Council, has been given a three-year football banning order by Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court. He admitted “using abusive or insulting words … that were racially aggravated” towards former Wigan Athletic defender Pascal Chimbonda.

The Wigan Today website reports:

Wigan and Leigh magistrates banned him from attending all football matches in the UK for three years, fined him £250, and ordered him to pay £60 costs.

Phythian, of Evington, Skelmersdale, is a member of West Lancs District Council’s bulky waste collection task group, the Lancashire care NHS trust consultation group and the West Lancs planning committee.

The leader of the district’s Conservative group Geoff Roberts said he was “saddened” to hear of Phythian’s crime.

“I’m quite surprised really, I suppose it’s more something you expect to hear from the BNP or the far right of my own party.

The full story is here.

UPDATE: Apologies to the Tories for erroneously attributing this councillor to them!

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