The son of soccer tycoon Matthew Harding has been warned he faces jail for a racist assault.

Luke Harding, 19, threw a can of beer at a woman at Brighton railway station before shouting at her to "get back to her own country".

Harding, of Underhill Lane, Ditchling, then approached the woman's boyfriend and put his arm around his neck, Brighton magistrates heard.

Harding admitted charges of racially aggravated common assault, another offence of common assault plus racially aggravated disorderly behaviour.

Adam James, defending, described Harding's actions as loutish and said the teenager had no previous convictions.

Magistrates ordered pre-sentence reports and adjourned the case until November 15.

Harding was remanded on bail. His father, insurance tycoon Matthew Harding, 42, was vice-chairman of Chelsea Football Club.

He was among five people who died in a helicopter crash in Cheshire in October 1996.