||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 189 (Jun)
Auld LJ and Goldring J
||Edward Coke (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the prosecution.
||The respondents did not appear and were not represented.
||16 June 2003
Criminal law - Football offences - Designated football matches - Chant of a racialist nature - Effect of use of word 'Paki' - s 3(2)(b).
The modern common understanding of the word 'Paki' was that it was a slang expression which was racially offensive. Indeed, it was a word, which was often used as a prelude to violence whether provoking or offering it. Although it was necessary to look at it in its context on a case by case basis, on the facts found in the instant case, it was plain that the chanting in which the second respondent was alleged to have taken part, namely shouting 'you're a town of Pakis' at opposition supporters at a designated football match, was 'of a racialist nature' as defined by s3(2)((b) of the . It followed that the matter would be remitted to the district judge with a direction to convict.
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