Banning orders for Chesterfield fans involved in disorder at games

Banning orders have been served to three Chesterfield FC fans
Banning orders have been served to three Chesterfield FC fans
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Three Chesterfield fans have received football banning orders over disorder at games.

Carl Padley, aged 31, of Meadow View, Holmewood, was handed a three-year banning order by Chesterfield magistrates for engaging in 'antagonistic behaviour' at Chesterfield FC matches in the 2015/16 season.

Magistrates heard that he was involved in 'anti-social behaviour and public disorder' at fixtures involving Sheffield United, Millwall and England.

He cannot attend any regulated football fixtures, including any 2018 World Cup fixtures in Russia, over the next three years.

John Lawson and Carl Hale were each given four-year banning orders for taking part in 'football-related disorder' at Chesterfield's home and away fixtures.

Derbyshire Police said they were observed by officers over a number of months.

Lawson, 37, of Blandford Drive, Chesterfield, and 29-year-old Hale, of Salisbury Avenue, Chesterfield, must surrender their passports when the England national football team plays fixtures abroad.

Inspector Rob Bowns, who is in charge of Derbyshire Police's north division football unit, said: “Our mission is to improve and enhance the match day experience for all supporters at Chesterfield Football Club.

“To help us do this, members of our team are seconded to the England national overseas policing team so we can monitor the behaviour of local supporters who travel abroad for games.

“It should serve as a reminder that the behaviour of supporters is monitored not only at domestic fixtures but at overseas games, too.

“Football violence is simply unacceptable and it will not be tolerated. Law-abiding football fans do not deserve to have their experience tainted by the actions of the few. Fans should be confident that they can attend matches in a safe and pleasant environment.

“We always pursue banning orders when we can and these three banning orders show the lengths we will go to, to prevent football-related anti-social behaviour and public disorder”.

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