Football Banning Order for Derbyshire Youth

01/07/2011

A 14 year old from Bolsover has become the youngest person in Derbyshire to be handed a football banning order for assaulting an opposition goalkeeper during a match at Chesterfield.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, ran onto the pitch at the B2Net Stadium on 25 April 2011 and punched Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford in the face. He was 13 at the time of the incident. The incident was recorded by photographers and camera crews covering the game.

He pleaded guilty to assault by beating and was given a three-year football banning order and a 12-month referral order.

Mike Parker, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS East Midlands said: "There is no place at football matches for this kind of behaviour. Football Banning Orders exist to ensure matches can be enjoyed by the vast majority of law-abiding fans.

"This young man has fully admitted his offence and has accepted that his actions were wrong. However, football supporters have a responsibility to ensure they do not get carried away. This conviction sends out a strong message that the criminal justice system will act firmly whenever conduct at football matches crosses the line."