Chesterfield fans banned from games for 56 years

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A group of 17 men have been banned from football matches for 56 years following disorder between fans at a game.

Trouble broke out during and after the match between Chesterfield FC and Mansfield Town at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield on Saturday, September 28.

Eighteen men were charged with public order offences and appeared before magistrates in Chesterfield on Monday.

Seventeen of the men pleaded guilty to public order offences and received Football Banning Orders totalling 56 years.

They must also pay a combined total of more than £7,000 in fines.

One man pleaded not guilty and will face a trial at a later date.

Superintendent Lecky Grewal, based at Chesterfield Police Station, said: “This has been a complex and thorough investigation which has been helped by Chesterfield Football Club and by members of the public.

“The majority of football fans go to matches to enjoy the game and the atmosphere.

“It is always a small minority who are intent on causing disorder and spoiling the experience for the other fans and members of the public going about their business in Chesterfield.

“Football disorder will not be tolerated.

“We will always seek to identify and take robust action against anyone involved in disorder, whether football-related or not.”