Woman who tore pages from Qur'an at Middlesboro' match faces 3 year ban from all football grounds
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Wednesday December 17 2014
BBC News reports on a 3 year ban imposed on a woman who tore pages from a copy of the Qur’an at a Middlesbrough football match last December.
Julie Phillips, 50, tore the pages from the Qur’an and passed them around to other fans to toss like confetti at the match. When approached by a steward who asked what the book was, Phillips denied knowing it was the Qur’an. She was fined £300, told to pay court costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £30. She also lost her job at Middlesbrough Council, according to BBC News and Middlesbrough Football Club imposed a lifetime ban.
BBC News reports that Phillips has now been made subject to a 3 year ban from all football grounds in England and Wales after Cleveland Police approached Teesside Magistrates Court citing the Middlesbrough incident as one of several involving Phillips.
From BBC News, “James Langley, the solicitor for Cleveland Police who persuaded the court to impose the ban, said Phillips’ case should act as a warning to other football fans.”