UPDATED: Derby County fan Adam Smith found guilty of racial abuse
Derbyshire Police have released a statement following the conviction of Adam Smith - a Derby County supporter found guilty of two charges of racially aggravated use of threatening and abusive language.
Adam Smith, 34, of Merrill Way, Allenton, was overheard by other fans at a match being verbally abusive about Derby player Nathan Tyson and Birmingham City player Marlon King.
The abuse took place at a Rams match against Birmingham at Pride Park in November 24.
Smith was found guilty at a trial at Derby Magistrates' Court.
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He will be sentenced next month and faces a minimum three-year football banning order.
Superintendent Gary Parkin, who co-ordinates policing in Derby on match days, said: “Neither the police nor Derby County FC will tolerate any racist behaviour or abuse at Pride Park.
“The club has created a family-friendly environment. This sort of behaviour is not acceptable at the ground or indeed anywhere.
"Although the remarks were directed at two players they were overheard by other people in the crowd.
"I’m grateful to the three witnesses who came forward to give the evidence which led to today’s conviction.”