An Everton fan has been found guilty of racially abusing two Premier League footballers in front of his wife, children and grandson.
William Blything hurled the racist abuse at Queen's Park Rangers' South Korean captain Ji-Sung Park and Everton striker Victor Anichebe as his team drew 1-1 at Loftus Road on October 21.
Anichebe was labelled a "f*****g black monkey"
Blything, of Moss Pits Lane in Wavertree, Liverpool, denied a single count of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress but was found guilty at West London Magistrates' Court.
Passing verdict, District Judge Jeremy Coleman said the defendant would not face a custodial penalty when he is sentenced on February 11.
Park joined QPR from Manchester United in the summer
He said: "If the players had heard these comments - and there is no evidence that they did - it would have caused them upset."
The 42-year-old was arrested after he was reported to stewards by two fellow Evertonians as he watched the game with his wife, 16-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and three-year-old grandson.
Giving evidence in court, Everton fan Neil Jordan said he was "outraged" by the abuse and tweeted a picture of Blything, referring to him as a "racist t***" before reporting him to stewards.
Anichebe opted not to weak a Kick it Out T-shirt in the warm-up
Mr Jordan said he first noticed Blything as he made one of his children cry by telling him to "man up" when QPR scored a goal. He later heard the defendant refer to Anichebe, who is originally from Nigeria, as a "f****** black monkey".
Mr Jordan said: "At that point I realised that it wasn't an isolated incident. There was clearly some intent to target that player because, in my opinion, of the colour of his skin, coupled with general agitation and abuse aimed at the home end and abuse towards another opposition player."
Also giving evidence, Everton fan John Murmame said he heard Blything shout "Take down that chink" in reference to Ji-Sung. "I go to a lot of football games but this was exceptional," he said.
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