All three men pleaded guilty to offences under Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986 at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court January 12th and were all given a three-year football banning order, preventing them from attending regulated football fixtures involving Northampton Town Football Club and from attending England national team matches. They were also fined and ordered to pay costs.
Northamptonshire Police football intelligence officer, Nick Price, said: “These offences happened on the opening day of the League Two football season and involved two groups of men, one from Northampton and one from Mansfield.
“Officers dealt with a public disorder incident before the match, preventing it escalating to more serious disorder. The incident was recorded by officers on body worn video cameras and, following a post-match investigation, we were able to identify the main offenders.
“We work hard to ensure those who attend football matches in our county can do so safely. We are very pleased with this result and hope it serves as a reminder that we will crack down on those who get involved in violence and cause disruption and disorder in our town.”