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A Manchester United fan has been charged after allegedly wearing a shirt which made an offensive reference to the Hillsborough disaster to the FA Cup final on Saturday.
James White, 33, of Warwickshire, has been charged with displaying threatening or abusive writing likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The shirt bore the words '97 Not Enough' on the back – alleged to be in relation to the 97 football fans who tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police confirmed Mr White had been released on bail following his arrest and is now due to appear at Willesden Magistrates' Court on Monday June 19.
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Images of a fan wearing the shirt spread on social media on Saturday and caused outrage. The Met Police confirmed they had made an arrest, writing on their official Twitter account: "We are aware of this and have worked proactively with officials at Wembley Stadium to identify the individual," before confirming he had been taken into custody.
The FA released a statement in relation to the incident on Sunday, condemning the actions of the fan, adding: "We saw a photograph of the offensive shirt on social media and immediately started working to identify the perpetrator. Our security team were able to quickly locate the individual based on the image, and we welcome the swift action which was then taken by the police.
"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."
It was a sour afternoon for Manchester United as they lost the final 2-1 to rivals Manchester City after going behind after just 13 seconds. A brace of volleys from Ilkay Gundogan proved enough for City to earn their second trophy of the season as they chase an illustrious Treble, despite Bruno Fernandes pulling the scores back to 1-1 from the penalty spot.
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