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Man banned from football matches following racist comments

A man has been banned from attending football matches for three years after he was found guilty of shouting racist comments at two players at Pride Park.

34-year-old Adam Smith, of Allenton, has also been fined £991 for the offences which took place at a match between Derby County and Birmingham City on 27th November.

Racist abuse or behaviour will not be tolerated by the police or Derby County FC. This sort of behaviour is not acceptable at the ground or anywhere.

We will use all legislation necessary to prevent and deter those who are intent on causing problems at any fixture either home or away.

– Superintendent Gary Parkin


Birmingham City board: 'The situation wasn’t as bleak as some had reported.'

Jack Butland was sold to Stoke and loaned back Credit: PA

The board at Birmingham FC have denied claims that all their players were up for sale and have said 'the situation was not as bleak as some thought.'

The board says the sale and loan back of goalkeeper Jack Butland and the loan of striker Wes Thomas shows their financial position is not too serious.

Birmingham City owner trial postponed

Carson Yeung leaving court in Hong Kong this morning Credit: PA Pictures

A Hong Kong judge has granted Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung's request to postpone his trial on money laundering charges. It was due to start today.

Yeung's newly appointed lawyer, Jospeh Tsa, asked that the trial be adjourned until April 29th next year on the grounds that more time was needed to prepare their case.

District Court Judge Douglas Yau granted the request earlier this morning.

Yeung is facing five counts of money laundering, involving more than 720 million Hong Kong dollars ($92million) and depositing money into bank accounts from January 2001 to December 2007.

The football club owner was arrested and charged in June 2011.


Two buyers interested in Birmingham City

Two buyers interested in Birmingham City Football Club Credit: PA

The parent company of Birmingham City has said it's in talks with two different parties about possibly selling the club.

They said in a statement it said: "The company has been approached by two prospective buyers to explore the possibility of buying Birmingham City FC."

The two unnamed parties have entered into confidentiality agreements with the club.

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