IF you cause trouble at football matches, we will ban you.
That is the warning today from a senior Hampshire police officer after seven men were sentenced for their part in a violent brawl before the Portsmouth v Aldershot FA Cup tie last November in which two police officers were injured.
At Portsmouth Crown Court, the group of four Aldershot and three Portsmouth supporters received a total of 24 years in Football Banning Orders (FBO). Five were sent to prison, one received a suspended sentence and one awaits a further sentencing hearing.
The case follows large-scale public disorder inside the John Jacques pub in Fratton Road on the morning of the match. Whilst trying to disrupt the brawl, two officers were cut with broken glass. Further violent incidents took place after the match.
The seven men convicted in relation to the disorder are:
Alfie Lynch, 21, of Brookfield Road, Aldershot. He was convicted of affray and received eight months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;
Michael Singh, 50, of Church Hill, Aldershot. He was convicted of affray. Further hearing to be held for sentencing and decision on FBO yet to be made;
William Stocking, 27, of Quarry Road, Godalming. He was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour
and received a 12-week sentence suspended for 12 months;
Ronnel Chambers, 23, from Aldershot. He was convicted of affray and received eight months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;
John Willett, 30, of Keswick Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth. He was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, and received 18 weeks imprisonment plus a six year FBO;
Lewis Gibbs, 23, of Jervis Road, Portsmouth. He was convicted of affray, and received 12 months imprisonment plus a six year FBO;
Adam Squibb, 23, of Well Street, Ryde. He was convicted of affray and received 30 weeks imprisonment.
Chief Inspector Jason Kenny, who was match commander at the game, said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary will not tolerate violent behaviour by any so-called football supporters which intimidates innocent members of the public and brings disruption to the peace of the local community.
‘As police commander at the game, I can say that this was the most significant football-related disorder in Hampshire for the last few years, and was followed by a full criminal investigation. Community safety and wellbeing is the key mission of Hampshire Constabulary, and we will use the full powers available to us within the law to prosecute all those who bring violence to these events and get you banned from all forms of football for as long as possible.
‘The vast majority of supporters attend football to enjoy the game and do so peacefully. People should be able to bring their children and family members to the matches without worry. We will robustly pursue anyone who does anything to compromise this.’