Gene Gallagher, 18, and Sonny Starkey, 19, are said to have fought their way down an aisle while a third pal shouted racial abuse at a supermarket employee. Noah Ponte – a model signed up to IMG – reportedly yelled: “You bloody Indians. Go back to where you came from. You’re not wanted here.”
The alleged fracas started just before midnight when Gallagher, Starkey and Ponte, 19, tried to buy a can of beer at Hampstead Tesco Express in north London.
It wouldn’t scan at the checkout because licensing laws mean Tesco doesn’t sell alcohol after 11pm.
Ponte then tried to walk out with the can in his hand, prosecutor Adeal Mahmood told Highbury Corner magistrates.
He added: “Police received a call from Tesco Express with a report that a group of males were fighting with staff.
“On arrival they had detained Mr Starkey and Mr Gallagher.
“Mr Ponte was outside. On seeing police, he walked away. All of the suspects were detained by officers and identified as being part of the fight.”