Burnley fan charged with racially aggravated offence in relation to abuse of Brighton defender Gaetan Bong

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Two men were ejected from the Amex during the Premier League match and arrested by Sussex Police

A Burnley fan who allegedly aimed abuse at Brighton & Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong has been charged with a racially aggravated offence.

Two men were arrested after being ejected during the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, which Burnley won 3-1.

The two men were subsequently charged by the Crown Prosecution Service and will appear in court next month.

Brighton defender Gaetan Bong

Sussex Police released a statement about the incident.

The statement said: “Two men have been charged following an incident during the Brighton and Hove Albion vs Burnley match at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

“Club stewards responded to reports of racist abuse received by away supporters in the away end during the game.

The alleged incident took place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium

The alleged incident took place at Brighton’s Amex Stadium

“Two individuals were identified and ejected from the stadium, and arrested by Sussex Police officers.

“Nathan Higgins, 18, a student, of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, and using racially aggravated threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.


“Stewart Higgins, 53, an engineer, also of Talbot Drive, Burnley, Lancashire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

“Both defendants were released on unconditional bail and are due to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on March 14.”

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