Blackpool fan fined after running on pitch

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A Blackpool football fan ended up in the dock after he ran onto the pitch during a protest against the club’s owners.

Joseph Cairns, who was caught by stewards at the Bloomfield Road match and handed over to police, described his behaviour as a mad moment.

Cairns, a 25-year-old plasterer, of Normandie 
Avenue, Bispham, pleaded guilty to going onto the playing area at a football match.

He was fined £235 and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £23 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Magistrate, Keith Walker, told him: “It was an 
extremely stupid act and 
you came very close to having a Football Banning Order for three years.

“In your case the bench was satisfied such an order would not prevent future 
violence or disorder.”

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said Blackpool were playing Cardiff City when, in the 56th minute, Cairns ran from the stand onto the pitch, went round the goal and headed towards the players’ dugout.

He was apprehended by stewards and handed 
over to the police.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Cairns had been a Blackpool supporter since the age of four when he was taken to games by his 
father.

He had never before come to the attention of the authorities at a match.

Cairns described himself getting caught up in the atmosphere and in a mad moment running onto the pitch, which was completely out of character for him.