Five football fans have received banning orders (FBOs) after a number of incidents at Crewe Alexandra’s match against Port Vale earlier this year.
The incidents occurred after Crewe equalised in the 93rd minute of the match on 2 April.
Robert Sill, 43, of Cheverton Avenue, Withernsea, and Luke Evans, 24, of Barker Street, Crewe, both pleaded guilty to entering the playing area during a football match and assaulting a Port Vale player.
Sill elbowed the player in the jaw and Evans barged a different Vale player when they went on the pitch to celebrate. They were both given a five year FBO, fined £560 and ordered to pay £100 in compensation and £105 in court costs.
Ian Proctor, 56, of Colley Road, Pittshill, pleaded guilty to entering the playing area during a football match and using threatening words or behaviour. He went onto the pitch and attempted to fight with Crewe fans by swinging punches. Proctor was given a 5 year FBO, fined £240 and ordered to pay court costs of £105.
Darren Proctor, 34, of Bentley Road, Chell Heath, pleaded guilty to entering the playing area during a football match and a public order offence. He tried to punch a man twice and kick him once. He was given a 5 year FBO, a fine of £900 and ordered to pay court costs of £175.
Shane Gibson, 30, of Hayes Street, Bradeley, pleaded guilty to entering the playing area during a football match. He was seen on CCTV to come onto the pitch and immediately slip over before being pushed back by a steward. He received a three year FBO, a £330 fine and ordered to pay £103 court costs.
Daniel Sherwin, 31, of Odell Grove, Burslem, pleaded guilty to throwing a missile onto a football pitch but he opposed his FBO so sentencing has been adjourned until 30 November.
Two 17-year-olds also received conditional cautions for entering the playing area during a football match.
Detective Inspector Claire Jesson said: “This type of behaviour at a football match is totally unacceptable. These banning orders show how seriously police and the courts take this issue and serves as a warning to anyone thinking of attending a match and causing trouble that they will end up paying the price for their actions.”
Superintendent Martin Cleworth added: “This is a timely reminder ahead of these two teams playing each other again this weekend. I was in charge of the policing operation for the previous match and I have once again been involved in the planning for this weekend’s fixture.
“We have worked closely with both teams to ensure the match runs as smoothly as possible and to deter any disorder before and after the whistle is blown.
"Fans will see an increased police presence and more stewards this weekend. We understand there’s local rivalry between the two teams and by no means wish to dampen the spirits of anyone on the day. But I want to make it abundantly clear that anyone found crossing the line will face the consequences of their actions.”