Football thugs in square brawl

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A man was arrested after what police described as a confrontation between two groups of drunken football fans in Poulton.

Donald Pill flailed his arms about and shouted at officers: “You can’t make me do anything.”

Pill, 56, of St Peters Street, Preston, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said police were called to a large scale disturbance between two groups of football fans in Market Square, Poulton on July 18 at 10.15pm.

Pill was one of the most vocal of the crowd and was being abusive as officers tried to move one group towards the railway station.

He was arrested after flailing his arms about towards police and being rude to officers.

Last month Pill was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence and as part of his sentence was put on a Football Banning Order for three years, which prevents him from going to soccer matches.

Pill told the judge that he had gone to Poulton to celebrate his brother’s 50th birthday.

He said they had a fine night out until they went into a pub where some lads were singing.

Pill added: “Then we all got pepper-sprayed.

“I was flailing my arms about because I could not see where I was going.”

Pill was fined £100 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Andrew Jebb sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.