A MAN who racially abused two ball boys after a Burnley FC Europa League play-off match has been given a banning order.

Christopher Crawford, from Burnley, has been banned from football for three years after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated offence at Turf Moor in August 2018.

After the Clarets drew 1-1 with Greek side Olympiacos FC Crawford, 29, appeared at the players' entrance as a number of the Burnley FC under 18s squad, who had been acting as ball boys, left the stadium.

Crawford, of Venice Avenue, racially abused two members of the squad, with the matter reported to the club's welfare officer who contacted the police.

Enquiries were carried out and Crawford came forward to speak to police following an appeal.

After initially denying the offence on interview he was given a summons and pleaded guilty at Burnley Magistrates' Court on October 3.

Crawford was handed a three year football banning order, fined £350, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £35 and £50 to the two players.

PC Dan Fish, football risk management officer, said: "The majority of people who attend football matches are law-abiding fans who want to watch a good match and enjoy the experience.

"However, Crawford's behaviour that day was both shocking and repulsive.

"He targeted two young players with a disgusting and disgraceful tirade of abuse.

"Racist behaviour at football matches will not be tolerated.

"We want to show that behaviour of this nature will result in positive action being taken and these are the consequences."