Professional golfer banned from playing football after making Nazi salutes at West Ham game

Golf pro Daniel Garner has been banned from attending football matches for three years after he admitted making Nazi gestures towards opposition Rapid Vienna supporters

Daniel Garner
Daniel Garner

An English golfer has pleaded guilty to giving a Nazi salute during a Europa League match at West Ham United’s stadium in London.

Daniel Garner, 26, appeared before judges in Stratford. He admitted making the gestures to Rapid Vienna supporters when the Austrian side played The Hammers in a Europa League clash on September 30, 2021.

As a result, Garner, who played in three tour events last year, was fined £166. He has also been handed a ban which will prevent him from attending games in England and Wales for the next three years. Prosecutors’ Nosheen Hussain described Garner’s behavior as “insulting and inflammatory”. She also revealed that Garner attributed his behavior to alcohol consumption.

“Football fans from all countries should never have to tolerate abusive behavior,” said Hussain.

“The prosecution case included CCTV footage that clearly showed Garner offensively greeting Austrian fans. 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 try to cause harassment.” Garner, from Hornchuch in east London, is now unable to attend England games and must hand over his passport to the police when the national team plays abroad.

Garner admitted making the gestures during West Ham’s Europa League clash at home against Rapid Vienna


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In 2021 Garner played the Orida Championship, The Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters and the IFX Championship. However, he missed the cut on all three occasions.

He also played at Qualifying School, an event supported by Sky Sports. After rounds of 72 and 73, he finished one over par at Romford Golf Club.

The game in question was won 2-0 by West Ham thanks to goals from Said Benrahma and Declan Rice. David Moyes’ side would eventually reach the semi-finals where they were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, their campaign was marred by mass incidents. In November, the club faced charges after fans threw objects onto the pitch during their first leg in Genk.

As a result, Uefa ruled that the London side were not allowed to have away fans when they played their second leg against Vienna in Austria. More than 30 arrests were also made after supporters from both sides clashed ahead of the semi-final second leg against Frankfurt.

The problem of spectator behavior has been of major concern in English football lately following a series of pitch invasions and unsavory incidents towards the end of the season. That has led to EFL chief executive Trevor Birch pledging this week to impose tougher penalties on fans entering the pitch.

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