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Crystal Palace fan banned for abusing Steve Parish on Twitter

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A CRYSTAL Palace fan has been banned from Selhurst Park for abusing Steve Parish on Twitter.

The co-chairman had already warned abusive supporters that they faced being excluded from matches after he was subject to a torrent of expletives following the defeat to rivals Brighton.

Parish highlighted one fan – Mark Barber – who took to Twitter to hurl abuse at him.

In response, Parish tweeted: "Does anyone know this guy?" along with a copy of Mr Barber's message, which insulted both him and Eagles boss Ian Holloway.

When asked why he didn't ignore the abuse, he replied: "Because I want to find him and I want to ban him, as well as report him to the police."

Another poster supplied Mr Barber's address and last week he received a letter banning him from Selhurst "indefinitely".

Mr Parish said: "I don't care what people have to say but pure verbal abuse is hatred. It's unacceptable to me and I don't see why I should tolerate it."

After Mr Barber posted a picture of the letter on Twitter, several other fans also abused Parish.

One, @wayneoG, tweeted: "Leave him alone... if you can't handle a bit of abuse, don't run our club #manup."

Mr Barber's twitter account has since been deleted.


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