Five men accused of disorder at Blackpool’s Capital One Cup clash with Preston North End at Deepdale have had their charges dismissed.
Anthony Smalley, Justin Nixon, Kieran Dunne, Wesley Howson and Andrew Duffy no longer face charges relating to the disorder which saw hundreds of fans running onto the pitch and a steward trampled by a police horse.
The case against 11 other supporters continues.
Following the match on August 5 last year, which Blackpool lost 1-0, police said supporters were caught up in a number of scuffles, the stadium was damaged, a steward was knocked over by a police horse and there was further trouble in the city centre.
Smalley, 29, of Troutbeck Place, Ribbleton; Nixon, 41, of Canon Hill, Ashton; Dunne, 36, of Sylvancroft, Ingol; Duffy, 35, of De Lacy Street, Ashton; and Howson, 25, of Well Orchard, Bamber Bridge; always denied affray.
They appeared at Preston Crown Court where their defence lawyers lodged an application to dismiss their charges.
The judge ruled in their favour and the men are now free from further court appearances.
All five men had been banned from going within 1,000m of any football ground.
However they are now free to attend football matches.