Court told fan called Rio Ferdinand 'f****** monkey' and Mike Dean 'gay boy'

A 32-year-old Wolves fan has appeared in court after allegedly racially abusing Rio Ferdinand and shouting homophobic slurs at referee Mike Dean.

Jamie Arnold, of Staffordshire, is accused of calling Ferdinand a “f***ing monkey” and Dean a “f***ing gay boy” during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolves at Molineux back in May 2021.

Dean was officiating the match while Ferdinand was there as a pundit for BT Sport.

CCTV footage played in court allegedly showed Arnold making an offensive gesture towards Ferdinand, while also chanting: “One John Terry, there’s only one John Terry” – with whom Ferdinand has a personal history.


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