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Men in court over Bristol City v Swansea football disorder

Bristol Magistrates' Court front entrance
Bristol Magistrates' Court
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Three men attended Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 21 May following disorder before, during and after a football match between Bristol City and Swansea City on Saturday 2 February.

  • a 55-year-old man from Bridgend admitted encroaching on the pitch. The court fined him £450 and ordered him to pay £130 in costs and victim surcharge. He also has a three-year football banning order
  • a 32-year-old Swansea man admitted a public order offence. He is now on conditional bail pending a sentencing hearing
  • another Swansea man, aged 52, also admitted a public order offence. He is also on bail pending sentence

A man from Kidwelly had his public order case discontinued. The court issued a warrant for a fifth man who failed to attend.

DI David Lewis is leading the investigation.

He said: “Those already dealt with by the courts have been handed sentences including a 12-week jail term, fines, an overnight curfew and unpaid work. All have football banning orders of between three and six years.

“Another six people are due in court next month and our enquiries continue. This investigation is complex. It involves Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate Stadium and Swansea City FC, as well as British Transport Police and South Wales Police colleagues.

“We are all committed to working together to make it understood that this type of disorder has no place in football. We will continue to deal robustly with any football-related offences which have such a negative impact on our communities.”