Sheffield United yobs banned from matches after FA cup fight

Sheffield United yob Josh Cherrill.
Sheffield United yob Josh Cherrill.
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Two Sheffield United supporters who attacked fellow fans at an FA Cup semi-final have been banned from football matches for three years.

Ironmonger Dale Beck, aged 21, of Handsworth Grange Road, Handsworth, and asbestos remover Josh Cherrill, 22, of Hollybank Drive, Intake, were caught on CCTV punching and kicking two men.

Both pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Harrow Crown Court in relation to a fight at the Sheffield United v Hull City match, which the Blades lost 5-3 at Wembley stadium last April 13.

Detective Sergeant Matthew Hearing, of Scotland Yard’s Public Order Branch said a fight broke out which developed into a large brawl and Cherrill was seen punching a man in the face before punching him again to the ground.

Beck ran down several rows of seats and stamped on the victim as he tried to stand up. The pair attacked a second man who tried to intervene.

Complaints were made by Sheffield United supporters, many there with children.

“It marred the game and made them feel apprehensive,” added DS Hearing.

Recorder Arif Choudhury QC said: “This is, quite clearly, a very violent incident that escalated.

“It must have been frightening to be near this behaviour.”

Cherrill was jailed for 16 months suspended for two years while Beck was given twelve months, suspended for two years.

Both were given community work, and a curfew and banned from attending matches.

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