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Bradford To Hand Life Ban To McCleary Abuse Suspect

The Bradford fan who is alleged to have racially abused Reading winger Garath McCleary will receive a life ban from the Yorkshire club, if found guilty.

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The incident occurred towards the end of the first-half in the Royals' 3-0 win over the Bantams on Monday night, with McCleary visibly distraught by whatever was said as he collected the ball near the away end. After being arrested on the night, Bradford will ban the fan for life if he is found guilty of racial abuse by the courts.

In response to that, and several other incidents over the two matches with Reading, the official Bradford City website has released a statement confirming banning orders for a number of fans. The full list can be read below, and includes a five-year ban for the man who ran onto the pitch during the game at Valley Parade.

One person at the home game who when asked not to drink alcohol in sight of the pitch and not to stand in one of the vomitories, directed foul and abusive language at stewards and threatened them with serious physical violence (and has previously been the subject of a Football Banning Order) has been banned for 5 years.
One supporter at the Reading home game who decided it would be fun to spray tomato ketchup over a steward has been banned until 30th June 2015.
The person who ran onto the pitch at the home game versus Reading was arrested by the Police for the offence and has been banned by the Club for 5 years.
The person who was arrested and charged by Thames Valley Police for racial abuse of a Reading player, an incident seen by millions live on BBC 1, will be banned from the Club for life if found to be guilty. This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable to everyone within the Club and the vast majority of its supporters and has been hugely damaging to the image of the Club during a great season where it has previously made headlines for all the right reasons.
The person who used social media to announce that he planned to take pyrotechnics into the Madejski Stadium and on a targeted search was found to have a pyrotechnic amongst his possessions will be banned for 5 years. Carrying these devices into any stadium is a serious offence and, for Bradford City fans in particular, can never be justified.

The Bantams also thanked the vast majority of their supporters as attention now turns to awaiting a similar statement from Reading in the next week or so.