London football fans sentenced for arranged fight before match

|News, Violent crime

Six Brentford Football Club supporters have been sentenced for their part in a pre-arranged fight against Millwall fans on public wasteland.

Joel Titus, 28, Guy Claxton, 25, Szymon Kacki, 28, Harry Hackett, 24, Nathan Mills, 22, and Harry Farnan, 23, were all sentenced for one count of affray at Isleworth Crown Court today (Monday, 11 November).

They had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Titus was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Hackett was sentenced to seven months imprisonment suspended for 18 months with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Claxton, Kacki, Mills and Farnan received one-year community orders with 100 hours of unpaid work each to be completed.

All of the men were ordered to pay costs of £650.

The fighting took place on wasteland between Crane Park in Hounslow and Leitrim Park in Hanworth on 25 August 2018.

Footage later uploaded on to YouTube showed that the opposing groups came at each other exchanging punches, kicks, slaps and pushing each other while shouting verbal abuse.

The brawl also had two 'referees' - one of which was Titus - and occasionally when someone was knocked to the ground, the fighting would be stopped to allow participants to ‘reset’ themselves.

Fiona Whillis, from the CPS, said: “This was a pre-planned fight between two rival groups of football supporters who were abiding by some form of combat rules.

“The Millwall group wore clothing on their upper halves and the Brentford group were topless - no doubt to allow participants to easily identify their opponents.

“Organised fighting is illegal without a proper licence and these defendants went against the law by engaging in this behaviour, which could have resulted in serious injuries had the fight escalated.”

Notes to editors

  • The Millwall offenders Joseph Pizzaro, Jake Concannon, George Johnson, Ellis Mitchell, Bobby Hill and George Davis each pleaded guilty to affray at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and they were sentenced to community orders with unpaid work requirements within a range of 80-120 hours, on 12 and 13 September 2019
  • Fiona Whillis is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS London North
  • Joel Titus (DOB: 18/05/1991) is from Pinner in the London borough of Harrow
  • Guy Claxton (DOB: 11/09/1994) is from Whitton in the London borough of Richmond
  • Szymon Kacki (DOB: 15/05/1991) is from the London borough of Ealing
  • Harry Hackett (DOB: 01/03/1995) is from Rayner’s Lane in the London borough of Harrow
  • Nathan Mills (DOB: 28/02/1997) is from Isleworth in the London borough of Hounslow
  • Harry Farnan (DOB: 14/06/1996) is from Staines in Surrey.

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