A man charged with making racial gestures during an FA Cup tie between Liverpool and Manchester United is due in court today.
Phillip Gannon, 58, of Hoel Meirion, Barmouth, North Wales, was charged with racially aggravated Section 5 public order offence during Liverpool’s victory on January 28.
He was also charged with a separate public order offence after being caught by television cameras by monkey gestures.
The images were spread over social networking sites which stimulated numerous complaints to Merseyside Police.
The match was of high intensity after Luis Suarez returned having been banned for eight games due to racially abusing United’s Patrice Evra.
Before the 2-1 victory, Anfield announcement staff made it clear that racist and homophobic behaviour would not be tolerated.
The case will be heard at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.