Wolves fan found guilty of racially abusing Rio Ferdinand during clash with Manchester United in 2021... as the former defender tells the court he was left feeling 'sick' and 'distressed' after hearing what happened

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  • Jamie Arnold hurled racist remarks and manus gestures astatine Rio Ferdinand
  • It took spot during a lucifer involving Wolves and Manchester United successful 2021 
  • Arnold was unanimously convicted and will beryllium sentenced connected December 8 

By Callum Parke For Press Association and Kieran Lynch For Mailonline

Published: 12:47 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 12:47 EDT, 1 November 2023

A shot instrumentality has been convicted of racially abusing Rio Ferdinand astatine a Premier League match.

Jamie Arnold hurled racist remarks and manus gestures astatine nan erstwhile England defender, who was moving arsenic a pundit for BT Sport during nan lucifer betwixt Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United on May 23, 2021.

It was nan first lucifer backmost astatine nan Molineux since Covid restrictions were lifted to let fans backmost wrong shot stadiums. 

The 33-year-old had denied a racially aggravated nationalist bid offence but was unanimously convicted connected Wednesday pursuing a two-day proceedings astatine Wolverhampton Crown Court and will beryllium sentenced connected December 8, West Midlands Police said.

As reported by nan Mirror, Ferdinand told nan court: 'I felt sick if I'm honest. First clip I'd gone backmost into a stadium successful a agelong time, it's not what you expect. I've had this earlier erstwhile increasing up, I don't expect it successful football."

Football instrumentality Jamie Arnold was convicted of racially abusing Man United fable Rio Ferdinand

It took spot during Manchester United's Premier League fixture pinch Wolves successful May 2021

Ferdinand was asked whether nan racist maltreatment wounded him. He replied: 'Yes, it throws you. I was distressed and had to spell connected unrecorded TV. I wasn't expecting to person to do that.  It's not what I want to do, my kids had to watch that.'

Pc Stuart Ward, nan UK's first dedicated dislike crime serviceman wrong a shot portion for West Midlands Police, said: 'Abusing anyone for nan colour of their tegument is disgusting and tin never, ever beryllium condoned.

'Arnold is aged capable to cognize specified appalling behaviour is inexcusable and surely won't beryllium tolerated.

'I cognize from individual acquisition really being a unfortunate of racism hurts while offenders consequence their ain aspirations done getting a criminal record.

'I would for illustration to convey Rio for his assistance successful this investigation.

'Through his support, we've ensured a man has this condemnation to his name.'

Arnold, of Stone, Staffordshire, was arrested astatine nan segment pursuing nan offence. 

The Crown Prosecution Service said he was caught making racist gestures connected CCTV and was seen by respective witnesses successful nan stands.

Ferdinand told nan tribunal that he felt 'sick' and 'distressed' aft proceeding what had happened

Ferdinand told a erstwhile proceedings that he did not spot nan gestures made by Arnold, but had noted 1 fan's 'more fierce assemblage language'.

Arnold was antecedently banned from games for 3 years aft being recovered blameworthy of homophobic maltreatment and making gestures which mimicked disablement during nan aforesaid game.

He was besides ordered to salary almost £900 successful fines and tribunal costs, West Midlands Police said.

A spokesperson for run organisation Kick It Out said: 'Kick It Out welcomes nan blameworthy verdict handed to Arnold today.

'It is imperative that perpetrators of discriminatory maltreatment are held to relationship for their actions and we dream this consequence sends a beardown connection that racism has nary spot successful our society.

Arnold denied a racially aggravated nationalist bid offence but was unanimously convicted connected Wednesday

'We commend nan CPS and West Midlands Police for their activity securing justness successful this lawsuit and would impulse authorities crossed nan state to return akin incidents of discriminatory maltreatment conscionable arsenic seriously.

'We proceed to activity pinch partners crossed shot to tackle discriminatory maltreatment arsenic it happens and to guarantee that victims person nan support they need.

'We would promote anyone who witnesses favoritism of immoderate benignant successful early to study it straight to america astatine Kick It Out.'

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