Football Disorder – Prison Sentences, Fines And Bans
11 June 2019 Local News
Custodial sentences and fines averaging £1,800 per person have been issued to a large group of men from Staffordshire for crimes committed during a Port Vale game last year. Mass disorder broke out at the end of an away match at the Grimsby Town stadium, on 10 March 2018.
A series of disturbances occurred in the away end, and a large group of fans were witnessed throwing objects and verbally abusing opposing fans, police officers and stewards on the touchline,
In conjunction with Humberside Police, the Staffordshire Police Football Unit took steps to identify those responsible using CCTV footage. Following a lengthy investigation 26 men were charged and appeared at Greater Grimsby Combined Court in May and June.
The vast majority of defendants pleaded guilty to violent disorder. One man was given an eight month prison sentence and the rest received suspended sentences. All the men were given a football bannings order, preventing them from attending any professional football matches, from three to six years.