Yobs banned after pitch invasion probe

A Chesterfield fan punches Bury's goalkeeper Cameron Belford as they invade the pitch during the npower football league match at the B2net Stadum, Chesterfield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 25, 2011.
A Chesterfield fan punches Bury's goalkeeper Cameron Belford as they invade the pitch during the npower football league match at the B2net Stadum, Chesterfield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday April 25, 2011.
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A TOTAL of 17 fans have been banned from Chesterfield FC’s ground after a pitch invasion.

They were identified by the club after CCTV and TV cameras captured them running on to the pitch after their team scored against Bury on Monday, April 25.

The team had already been promoted to League Two but were in the running to go up as champions.

And when a goal went in past Bury goalkeeper Cameron Belford a number of fans invaded the pitch and surrounded the keeper.

They were captured taunting and verbally abusing him before he was punched in the face during the incident.

Their actions at Chesterfield’s B2net stadium were condemned by the club, which branded the fans ‘idiots’.

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, council leader Ray Russell and mayor Keith Morgan also spoke of their disappointment that the club’s promotion achievements had been overshadowed by the pitch invasion and assault.

A police investigation into is still under way and six arrests have been made.

Officers from Derbyshire Police have quizzed five youths aged from 13 to 18 and a 38-year-old man, who have all been bailed pending further enquiries.

The Football Association has also looked at the incident and has reported back to say it does not propose to take further action - but could look at the matter again if there are any other incidents of disorder at the ground.

Chesterfield bosses believe the speed at which the troublemakers were identified, the increase in the number of matchday stewards at the ground and a warning to fans about future behaviour helped them avoid punishment.

Chesterfield chairman Barrie Hubbard said: “In football terms we have been yellow carded but it could have been so much worse because the FA has a wide range of sanctions at its disposal.

“The strong line the club has taken in conjunction with the police and the clear warning to fans about future behaviour has clearly all been taken into account.”

He added: “The fans have shown they can behave and celebrate in a responsible manner and this has set the standard now expected at all future matches.”

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