Pro golfer who is a West Ham fan banned from football pitch after saluting Nazis at game

A golf pro who repeatedly gave Nazi salutes to Austrian fans during a West Ham Europa League game has been banned from all football games for three years.

Daniel Garner, 26, was seen making several one-armed fascist gestures towards visiting fans during the European Cup match between West Ham United and Rapid Vienna on September 30. The drunk Hammers fan was spotted on CCTV at London Stadium in east London and arrested.

Added-time goals from Declan Rice and Said Benrahma meant the Irons won the group stage game 2-0.

When questioned by detectives, Garner claimed he was drunk when he gave the Nazi salute to guests’ supporters, prosecutors said.

But at Stratford Magistrates’ Court he received a three-year football ban and a £166 fine. He pleaded guilty in one count to using threatening or abusive or abusive words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Garner, from Hornchurch in east London, was also handed a football ban which will prevent him from attending professional matches in England and Wales for three years.

Daniel Garner
Daniel Garner was spotted giving the Hitler salute during a Europa League game against Rapid Vienna

He is also unable to attend matches in England and must hand in his passport to the police when the national team plays abroad.

Nosheen Hussain, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North Magistrates’ Unit, described Garner’s actions as “insulting and inflammatory”.

She said: “Football fans from all countries should never have to tolerate abusive behaviour. Daniel Garner’s behavior was abusive and inflammatory.

“The prosecution case contained CCTV footage that clearly showed Garner offensively greeting Austrian fans.

Daniel Garner
Daniel Garner has been banned from attending football games for three years

“During the police interview he claimed to be drunk – but that is no excuse for such despicable behavior. The CPS will always aim to prosecute those who attempt to cause harassment.”

Garner’s conviction came the same day as West Ham defender Kurt Zouma pleaded guilty to kicking and hitting his house cat in a video shot by his brother Yoan. The couple are due to be sentenced at Thames Magistrates Court next month.

Leave a Comment