Blackpool football fan argued with club steward

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A Blackpool FC fan was arrested after he swore at stewards and police.

Ian Turnbull caused a disturbance after being told he was not going to be let into Bloomfield Road where Blackpool were to play Cardiff.

Turnbull, 54, of Cambray Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour when he appeared 
before Blackpool magistrates.

Philip Hall, prosecuting, said that on October 3 Turnbull was with a group of
relatives and a friend.

There was to be a peaceful protest against the club owners at the ground and one of the group had a banner.

Words were exchanged when a steward accused the group of being abusive, swearing and having had a drink.

Turnbull insulted the steward and the police were alerted.

He was taken to the ground and carried on swearing and being abusive.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said her client, who had attended football matches for 46 years without incident, had drunk just one pint of shandy before going to the ground.

Turnbull was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by magistrates who said they did not feel it was necessary to place him on a Football Banning Order which would prevent him attending matches.