Soccer ban for yob over abuse on train

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A FOOTBALL yob has been banned from all matches across the UK for causing trouble on his way home from a trip to Doncaster.

David Berry, aged 30, of Margate Road, Southsea, was given the ban for his racist and threatening behaviour onboard a train, minutes after it had left Doncaster station.

He was found guilty by Nottingham magistrates and, on top of his banning order, was given a £200 fine, ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work as well as £200 victims costs. He was also ordered to pay £400 costs.

Berry was arrested by British Transport Police after attending his team’s away match against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, February 12.

The court heard how he was returning from the game at the Keepmoat Stadium onboard the 4pm Edinburgh to London Kings Cross service with a group of Pompey fans when he began to racially abuse a young couple that were sitting in the same carriage.

When another passenger travelling with his family in the carriage intervened in a bid to stop his abuse, Berry turned his aggression towards him, using threatening language.

British Transport Police officers met the train in Newark and arrested Berry for public order. Three other Portsmouth supporters were ejected from the train for their disorderly conduct. After a two-day trial, Berry, who has previously served a banning order and a sporting event exclusion order, was found guilty of racially aggravated behaviour and a public order offence.

PC John Stubbs, Football Intelligence Officer at BTP, said: “Berry’s behaviour that day was unacceptable. He caused a young couple, who were simply trying to make their way home, distress and a man who tried to help was abused for his efforts.”