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Tottenham Hotspur win fight to have Son Heung-min racist abuser banned

Tottenham Hotspur have vowed to continue rooting out racist spectators after successfully appealing for tougher sanctions for a Crystal Palace fan who abused Son Heung-min.

Spurs felt the 60 hours of unpaid work and £1,384 fine handed to Robert Garland in August after he admitted a racially aggravated public order offence towards South Korea forward Son at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last season was insufficient.

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Garland, 44, of Croydon, was given a three-year football ban in addition to his original punishment after the club and the Metropolitan Police filed an appeal with the UK Football Policing Unit for more punishment.

Tottenham added, “We appreciate the police’s cooperation on this matter.” “We would like to reaffirm that the club does not accept any form of discrimination and will always work to take the most severe measures against those found to be at fault.”

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Kevin Christie said the case “shows that hate crime at football will not be tolerated”.

He added: “Garland’s actions were rightly condemned on social media and we call on all fans to carry on calling out any form of discriminatory behaviour against players or fans to the police or stewards so we can take cases like this to court.”

Racial taunts from Garland included yelling and touching Son during the May Premier League game, which Spurs won 1-0.

The 682 football banning orders handed last season was a 32% rise over the previous season and the biggest amount since 2010–11.

There were 370 matches with recorded hate crime occurrences, or 12% of all matches. Of these, 248 had to do with racial hate crimes.


Gareth Bale: ‘The best thing I ever did was move to Tottenham’

Gareth Bale was present for the manic scenes at the Tottenham versus Chelsea game on Monday night, and during his half-time discussion he claimed joining Spurs was the best decision he ever made.

Throughout two spells with the North London outfit, Gareth Bale cemented his status as a club legend with 71 goals and 58 assists in 236 appearances for Spurs (Transfermarkt).

His impactful, game-changing performances in 2013 resulted in a major transfer to Real Madrid. During his stay in Spain, the Welshman went on to win three La Liga championships and five Champions Leagues.

Upon his return to Spurs for the 2020–21 season, Bale scored a total of 16 goals while on loan under Jose Mourinho (Transfermarkt).

It appears like Bale has been playing golf for the majority of his time since he retired at the beginning of this year. However, he just expressed to Sky Sports how much he is loving seeing Ange Postecoglou’s team this year.

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Gareth Bale feels at home with Spurs

Bale picked quite the game to revisit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the game against Chelsea proving to be one of the most eventful Premier League encounters this season.

In an interview with Paul Coyte during halftime at pitch side during Spurs vs. Chelsea on June 11, 23 at 8:56 p.m., Bale reflected on his time with the Lilywhites, saying, “The best thing I ever did was move to Tottenham – I still remember it like it was yesterday.”

“It feels like coming home to be back in front of these incredible fans,”

It’s no secret that Bale struggled to settle during his time in Spain, and his obvious enjoyment of his second season at Spurs is evident. He established himself at White Hart Lane, and Spurs supporters will always hold him in high regard.

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