Racist football thug fined more than £300

Tree surgeon Matthew Semken, 26, was left facing a court bill of more than £300

Tree surgeon Matthew Semken, 26, was left facing a court bill of more than £300

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A racist football yob who abused three people at a Chelsea vs Arsenal Premier League fixture last season was left facing a court bill of more than £300.

Tree surgeon Matthew Semken, 26, of Thornbury Gardens, Borehamwood, directed his abuse towards Arsenal players, supporters and another fan leaving the stadium with him at the final whistle after the home team's 6-0 victory.

He pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court today to three counts of racially-aggravated threatening behaviour at Stamford Bridge on March 22.

Prosecutor Victoria Ojo told the court all three victims were fellow-supporters and the first was Osman Durrani, who witnessed Semken shouting: “You useless c****,” towards the Arsenal players.

“The defendant then directed abuse towards him, saying: 'Go back to Turkey'.”

Another fan, Abid Durrani, urged Semken to calm down as he aimed abuse towards the Arsenal supporters, but this was met with: “Shut you're f***ing mouth, you f***ing Turk.”

As Semken left the Shed end of the stadium he was heard shouting: “w*****, c***” towards an unknown fan and Peter Essekj jumped in between them to calm things down.

Miss Ojo said he then directed abuse towards Mr Essekj who he called “a black c***” and who he said should go back to Africa.

The court heard Semken was nervous about appearing in court and was concerned about the outcome of the case.

District Judge Kenneth Grant said the most serious offence was the one involving Mr Essekj.

He fined Semken £150 for that offence, plus £60 for each of the other two, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

There was no application for compensation or a football banning order.

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6:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Unsullied says...

This paper is happy to name and shame a young man who used some bad words at a time of high emotion but, would it not be of more benefit to the community if you named the man who only received a caution for sexual exposure at a newsagents?

I for one know who is the greater danger to our community.
This paper is happy to name and shame a young man who used some bad words at a time of high emotion but, would it not be of more benefit to the community if you named the man who only received a caution for sexual exposure at a newsagents? I for one know who is the greater danger to our community. Unsullied
  • Score: 33

10:41pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Ron_Bwood says...

Unsullied wrote:
This paper is happy to name and shame a young man who used some bad words at a time of high emotion but, would it not be of more benefit to the community if you named the man who only received a caution for sexual exposure at a newsagents?

I for one know who is the greater danger to our community.
Yeah massive thug?!!!......£300 fine! 2 sides to every story......clearly 3 people's word against this young lads. Police, Courts and Papers need to focus on real criminals

I completely agree with the above post, well said Unsullied
[quote][p][bold]Unsullied[/bold] wrote: This paper is happy to name and shame a young man who used some bad words at a time of high emotion but, would it not be of more benefit to the community if you named the man who only received a caution for sexual exposure at a newsagents? I for one know who is the greater danger to our community.[/p][/quote]Yeah massive thug?!!!......£300 fine! 2 sides to every story......clearly 3 people's word against this young lads. Police, Courts and Papers need to focus on real criminals I completely agree with the above post, well said Unsullied Ron_Bwood
  • Score: 11

9:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

OldB34 says...

Racists, always quick to defend the actions of racists.

Those that promote/appease racial hatred tend to be a threat to 'our' community, unless 'our' community consists of white EDL/UKIP nationalists.
Racists, always quick to defend the actions of racists. Those that promote/appease racial hatred tend to be a threat to 'our' community, unless 'our' community consists of white EDL/UKIP nationalists. OldB34
  • Score: -14

11:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Unsullied says...

oldb34.

Your comment is contemptible and also misses the point I was making. Therefore I will not rise to your bait.
oldb34. Your comment is contemptible and also misses the point I was making. Therefore I will not rise to your bait. Unsullied
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Thu 7 Aug 14

EMS32 says...

This "Thug" should have got a bigger fine and a stadium ban. The problem with the UK is that you have two many small minded idiots walking around thinking they can say what they like whenever they like. Pleased he has been named and shamed. He deserves it.

As for the pervert in the Newsagent.. chemical castration should sort him out.
This "Thug" should have got a bigger fine and a stadium ban. The problem with the UK is that you have two many small minded idiots walking around thinking they can say what they like whenever they like. Pleased he has been named and shamed. He deserves it. As for the pervert in the Newsagent.. chemical castration should sort him out. EMS32
  • Score: 4

5:33am Sun 10 Aug 14

Billy_Boy says...

OldB34 wrote:
Racists, always quick to defend the actions of racists.

Those that promote/appease racial hatred tend to be a threat to 'our' community, unless 'our' community consists of white EDL/UKIP nationalists.
What connection has this case with UKIP? Is he a UKIP supporter/member?
No relevance at all - typical of people on the left to jump to incorrect/stupid conclusions! BTW are the SNP nationalists racists as well?
[quote][p][bold]OldB34[/bold] wrote: Racists, always quick to defend the actions of racists. Those that promote/appease racial hatred tend to be a threat to 'our' community, unless 'our' community consists of white EDL/UKIP nationalists.[/p][/quote]What connection has this case with UKIP? Is he a UKIP supporter/member? No relevance at all - typical of people on the left to jump to incorrect/stupid conclusions! BTW are the SNP nationalists racists as well? Billy_Boy
  • Score: 7

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