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Sunderland Fan Denies Making Monkey Gesture At Romelu Lukaku

22/04/2013 12:28 BST | Updated 22/04/2013 12:44 BST

A football fan denied making a racist monkey gesture at a Premier League match when he appeared in court today.

Liam Jones, 21, of East Vines, Sunderland, was charged following an alleged incident in the stands of the Stadium of Light when West Brom's Romelu Lukaku scored a goal against the north-east club.

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Jones (right) reacts after Lukaku's goal

West Brom beat Sunderland 4-2 in the game last November. Jones was arrested after the match and was charged last month with racially aggravated harassment.

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Jones flashes V-signs as he arrives at Sunderland Magistrate's court

Sunderland Magistrates adjourned the case for trial on June 26.

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Liam Jones spits at members of the media as he leaves Sunderland Magistrate's court

Jones was granted bail on a number of conditions, including that he does not go within 300 metres of the Stadium of Light or 500m of St James' Park - the home of rivals Newcastle - on match days.