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  • 31 December 2013, 17:20

Andrew Cole: Passenger Admits Racial Abuse

Two men are to be sentenced next month after former Manchester United player Andrew Cole was racially abused on a flight from Dublin to Manchester.

Officers arrived at Manchester Airport on Sunday after reports that two passengers were drunk and would not co-operate with Aer Lingus cabin crew.

Lee Patrick Byrne, 28, from Dublin, and Gregory Horan, 26, of no fixed abode, were arrested and appeared at Trafford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Byrne pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence and being drunk on an aircraft. Horan also admitted being drunk on an aircraft.

They were bailed to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for sentencing on January 20.

Cole, 42, who spent six years playing for Manchester United, suffered racial taunts throughout his career, both on and off the pitch.

The former England international is involved with the Kick It Out campaign alongside several other black footballers.

The campaign aims to end racial abuse in the game.

On Monday, he tweeted: "Can I just say thank you for the tweets and the support."

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