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TWO thugs who attacked a Pompey fan after the FA Cup final have been banned from attending football matches for six years.

Chelsea fans Lee Gallon, 31, and Dean Whitfield, 26, of Falkirk Gardens, both from South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, admitted assaulting the 38-year-old man on a tube train from Wembley Park to Harrow-on-the-Hill.

The victim, who has not been named, was punched and kicked, suffering a torn ear, cuts and facial bruising. He was on his way home having watched Pompey play Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 15 last year when the attack happened.

British Transport Police officers arrested Gallon and Whitfield in Harrow-on-the-Hill.

at Harrow Crown Court the pair were each given six-year banning orders, six-month suspended sentences and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Constable Denis Mahoney said: ‘The majority of football supporters are well-behaved and support their team in good spirits.

‘However, the behaviour of individuals such as Gallon and Whitfield only serves to ruin a good day of sport and brings the game into disrepute.’