Man banned from matches for missile

Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road stadium.
Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road stadium.
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A football fan seen hurling a bottle towards the pitch during a game at Blackpool’s ground has been banned from football matches.

Connor Stephens, a 20-year-old joiner, of Burnley Road, Clayton-Le-Moors, Accrington, pleaded guilty to throwing a missile at a match.

He was sentenced to a Football Banning Order which prohibits him from going to any regulated football match for three years.

Blackpool magistrates also fined him £90 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge.

Philip Potter, prosecuting, said Blackpool were playing Blackburn Rovers in a Football Association fixture at Bloomfield Road on October 26.

A security officer saw a disturbance where a man was refusing to leave the ground and clinging on to railings. Stephens and another man were nearby and the security officer saw the defendant throw a bottle.

When interviewed by police Stephens said he had drunk five to six pints at the ground. He admitted throwing an empty plastic bottle.

Gareth Price, defending, said: “Everything was getting a little heated and he threw the plastic bottle. It did not hit anyone.”

Stephens, who had no previous convictions, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

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