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Top soccer star found guilty over anti-gay gesture

London-born Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom
Colin Kazim-Richards was found guilty of making a homophobic gesture at a football match.

A top soccer player who made a homophobic gesture at a football game was found guilty, it was reported today (9 April).

Colin Kazim-Richards mimicked pulling his shorts down and put his left arm behind his bottom at the match last February, Brighton magistrates heard.

The 27-year-old, who was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time, claimed he was just having a ‘bit of banter’ with fans.

But he was convicted of using abusive or insulting behavior.

In recent months, fans of Brighton and Hove Albion have been victim to repeated homophobia due to the city’s reputation for having a large LGBTI community.

The London-born footballer is currently playing in Turkey for Bursapor.

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