Three Northampton men have received football bans after pleading guilty to public order offences.
Matthew Ward, 40, of Norfolk Terrace, Northampton; Danny Dickson, 23, of Broadmead Avenue, Northampton; and Ryan Lee, 23, of Aintree Road, Northampton, all pleaded guilty at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday, January 12) to offences under Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.
They were all given a three-year football banning order, preventing them from attending regulated football fixtures involving Northampton Town FC and from attending England national team matches.
They were also fined and ordered to pay costs.
The offences took place in Northampton on Saturday, August 9, 2014, before the Northampton Town v Mansfield Town football match at Sixfields.
Northamptonshire Police football intelligence officer Nick Price said: “These offences happened on the opening day of the League Two football season and involved two groups of men from Northampton and Mansfield.
“Officers dealt with a public disorder incident before the match, preventing it escalating to more serious disorder.
“The incident was recorded by officers on body-worn video cameras and, following a post-match investigation, we were able to identify the main offenders.
“We work hard to ensure those who attend football matches in our county can do so safely.
“We are very pleased with this result and hope it serves as a reminder that we will crack down on those who get involved in violence and cause disruption and disorder in our town.”