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Dirty Tackle

74-year-old fan arrested for throwing banana at referee during Wimbledon match

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Bananas and monkey chants have been ugly tools of racists at football grounds for decades. So when a banana was heaved onto the pitch during a League Two match between Wimbledon and Port Vale at Kingsmeadow, it could have been yet another racial incident to offer a depressing reminder of how much still needs to be done to eradicate this blight on the game. Instead, it was just an angry 74-year-old throwing fruit at a white referee.

Dubbed "Britain's oldest football hooligan" by The Sun, the elder fan hit referee Graham Scott with a banana during the 2-2 draw. Though Scott seemed to get a chuckle out of the matter, the supporter was arrested after the match using TV footage before he could escape on his motorized scooter.

From The Sun:

Football intelligence officer Sam Cunningham said: "It appears a supporter was angered by a decision by the referee and aimed a banana at him. It was not aimed anywhere near any player."

The man was released on bail to report to police at a later date.

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