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Colin Kazim-Richards guilty of homophobic gesture

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The winger made the gesture whilst playing for Blackburn Rovers (©GettyImages)
The winger made the gesture whilst playing for Blackburn Rovers (©GettyImages).

Bursaspor's Turkish winger Colin Kazim-Richards has been fined £750 by police after having been found guilty of using abusive or insulting behaviour towards Brighton and Hove Albion fans in a game last February.

The Turkish international, 27, was playing for Blackburn Rovers during a loan spell there, when he mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his backside at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

Kazim-Richards claimed he was "having a bit of banter" with fans who he said were abusing him.

The court heard he was targeted by fans with the chant "you're fat and you know you are".

The player told magistrates he had been prepared for the banter and said he had been "interacting with the fans" when he made the gesture behind his back.

"I was basically doing what they were doing to me," he said.

Christopher Cannon and his son Daryl, who were working at the ground as match-day press stewards, told the court they saw Kazim-Richards make the gesture more than once and they had found it offensive and homophobic.

Daryl Cannon said: "I perceived it as a very wrong thing to do, particularly for someone who's involved with the Kick It Out Campaign.

"Racism and homophobia are on the same level."

Kazim-Richards, who had denied using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, was also ordered to pay £620 court costs and a £75 victim surcharge.

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