Championship - Kazim-Richards to stand trial over alleged homophobic gesture

Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards is to stand trial over an alleged homophobic gesture made at Brighton fans.

Championship - Kazim-Richards found guilty of homophobic gesture

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Colin Kazim-Richards during his spell with Blackburn Rovers (Reuters)

The winger, 27, is accused of making the gesture at Brighton’s Amex Stadium in February while on loan at Blackburn from Galatasaray.

He has previously denied a charge made under the Public Order Act.

Kazim-Richards, 27, previously played for Brighton as a teenager before enjoying spells with Sheffield United and Fenerbahce which convinced Turkey manager Fatih Terim to call him up to the national side.

A move to Galatasaray followed but he struggled to break into the first team and, after loan spells with Olympiacos and Blackburn, switched to Bursaspor in the summer.

His trial has been set for January 14 and 15 at Brighton Magistrates Court.

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