Turkish international and former premier footballer Colin Kazim-Richards has been found guilty of making a homophobic gesture. The offence took place last year on the pitch during a game against
Brighton and Hove Albion when Kazim-Richards was playing
for Blackburn Rovers.
The British Turkish Cypriot footballer, 27, tried to defend himself saying he was "having a bit of banter" with fans who has been verbally abusing him. However,
magistrates upheld the complaints and convicted the player of using abusive or
insulting behaviour. The player, who attended the hearing, was fined £750 and
ordered to pay a £75 victim surcharge and £620 costs.
Sussex Police said it was the first conviction of its type involving allegations of homophobia against a professional footballer.