Leeds United fan ban for station punch

Christopher Little.
Christopher Little.
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A SOCCER ‘fan’ who punched another supporter after seeing his team thrashed has been given a three-year football banning order.

After watching Leeds United beaten 3-0 by Swansea City on pub TV, Christopher Little, 44, asked a group of Peterborough fans at Leeds Station which side they supported and when told, he punched one in the face.

Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that Little, from Alfred Street, Churwell, had drunk five or six pints of beer at a local pub while watching United lose.

Police were called and arrested Little, who pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced to a three-year football banning order, six months supervision order with 80 hours unpaid community work, and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the victim and £85 in costs.

Under the terms of the ban Little must not attend any match played in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

When Leeds United are playing at home, he is forbidden from entering Leeds city centre or any area next to the Elland Road stadium three hours before and two hours after a match.

On away fixtures day, Little is also not permitted to go within a five mile radius of the stadium three hours prior to kick off and two hours after the end of the game.

Also on a day when Leeds United are playing away or when the England national team are playing a home game, Little is banned from travelling on the rail network or London Underground transport system.

He will be required to surrender his passport when Leeds United or England are involved in matches abroad.

British Transport Police Football Intelligence Officer Wayne Mitchell said: “Attacking rival fans whether inside or outside the ground, or on public transport whilst travelling to and from a game, is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated by police.

“Those who think they can behave in such a way, and ruin law-abiding supporters and members of the public days out in the process, should know that we will seek banning orders.”

PC Mitchell added: “It is only the behaviour of a small minority such as Little, a so called football fan, who were intent on causing violence.

“We will not tolerate antisocial behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder.

“We use firm but fair policing and operate a zero tolerance approach when it comes to antisocial behaviour and disorder when fans travel on the national rail network to football matches throughout the country.”

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