James White was nicked at FA Cup Final and pleaded guilty after his offensive ‘Hillsborough 97’ shirt sparked outage but he was also previously linked to far-right group
The moronic Manchester United yob who wore a ‘Hillsborough 97’ to this year’s FA Cup final against rivals Manchester City was a known supporter of far-right group Britain First.
Cruel James White pleaded guilty to ‘displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress’ at Wembley earlier on June 3rd. The 33-year-old was arrested and charged in London before appearing at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he was banned from all football games for four years.
White’s shirt referenced the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 97 Liverpool fans who were crushed at the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield.
The jersey in question said ’97 not enough’ and sparked outrage online as a sick taunt towards Manchester United’s bitter rivals Liverpool. During Monday’s sentencing, White smiled and laughed as he was also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine in addition to a surcharge of £400, as well as £85 in costs.
But the Wembley incident wasn’t the first time White had gained notoriety. The Warwickshire native joined other members of Britain First in August 2020 to protest against asylum seekers being housed at the Coventry Hill Hotel where ugly scuffles broke out.
White then appeared with Britain First leader Paul Golding to discuss the protest. Britain First was founded in 2011 and describes itself as a ‘patriotic political party’, which has campaigned heavily against abortion and Islamism in the past.
The warped organisation’s name became notorious during the trial over the brutal murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. The court case heard neo-Nazi Thomas Alexander Mair shouted the party’s name before he shot and stabbed Jo in 2016.
|White (central in blue hoodie) with Britain First banner in August 2020 (Image: Telegram)|
Figures from both United and Liverpool have asked fans to de-escalate tensions in recent years. Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and United boss Erik ten Hag have called for an end to references of Hillsborough or the 1958 Munich air disaster, which killed 23 people (including eight United players at the time).
“We do want the occasion to be partisan and we do want the atmosphere to be electric,” Reds boss Klopp has said. “What we do not want is anything that goes beyond this and this applies especially to the kind of chants that have no place in football.”
|The 33-year-old was arrested earlier in June at Wembley for his offensive shirt (Image: UkNewsinPictures)|
Ten Hag commented: “It is unacceptable to use the loss of life – in relation to any tragedy – to score points, and it is time for it to stop. Those responsible tarnish not only the reputation of our clubs but also, importantly, the reputation of themselves, the fans, and our great cities.”
The Football Association also responded to images of White’s shirt and said it ‘welcomed the swift action taken by police’. The FA added: “We will not tolerate abuse relating to Hillsborough or any football tragedy at Wembley Stadium and we will continue to work with the authorities to ensure strong action is taken against perpetrators.”