CHERRIES supporters have been urged to be vigilant against any discriminatory behaviour at matches after a teenager was given a lifetime ban by the club.

As reported, a 17-year-old boy received a three-year football banning order when he appeared before Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after admitting chanting racist abuse from the away end during AFC Bournemouth's defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in November last year.

A subsequent statement from Cherries said the boy would receive a lifetime ban from the club.

Supporters' group Cherries Trust said they welcomed the club's decision on the matter.

Mark Dean, chairman of Cherries Trust, said: "Hopefully this sends out a message that the club takes a hard line on anyone using racist language or any type of discrimination.

"We urge all supporters to report any such behaviour on a home match day to 07968980580, or an away match to nearest safety steward. We will support the club in identifying any future abuse."

Tottenham Hotspur also said praised the sanctions put in place by the courts and Cherries, adding that "there is no place in society for any form of racist or discriminatory behaviour".

On Thursday, it was announced that Premier League clubs had voted to extend bans imposed on supporters for abusive behaviour across the whole of the top flight.

A statement following the Premier League shareholders' meeting said the clubs were "united against all forms of violent, threatening and abusive behaviour".

The statement added: "Following recent events, the 20 clubs committed to introducing a league-wide ban for anyone banned by their club for discriminatory, abusive or violent acts.

"Unacceptable conduct towards players, fans, club employees or referees will not be tolerated by the Premier League or its clubs."