Liverpool fan given 4-year ban for racial abuse

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- A Liverpool soccer fan has been banned from for four years from Liverpool and England games after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United captain Patrice Evra.

Phillip Gannon was seen on live television making a racially offensive monkey gesture during the FA Cup fourth-round match between the teams.

The normally heated atmosphere was even more volatile because it was the first game between the clubs since Liverpool's Luis Suarez drew an eight-match ban for racially abusing Evra.

On Friday, Liverpool Magistrates' court banned the 58-year-old Gannon from all Liverpool and England games and ordered him to pay a $280 fine as well as $467 in prosecution costs. Gannon is also banned from Liverpool city center for four hours before and after a match.