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Fan banned for throwing banana

April 12, 2013
By ESPN staff

An Arsenal fan has been banned from attending matches for three years after throwing a banana at Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale.

A judge said Thomas Flint had shown "disgraceful behaviour" in aiming the fruit at Bale as the Wales international took a corner during the north London derby at White Hart Lane in March.

Flint also swore at Tottenham fans during the Premier League match, which Spurs won 2-1, and has been fined £250 as well being banned.

At a magistrates' court on Friday, District Judge Rebecca Crane told Flint he had allowed his passion for football "to boil over into hostility for a single player and the opposing team. It could have boiled over into violence".

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.