Brentford fans accept banning orders instead of criminal convictions

Two Brentford football fans have been banned from attending football matches for the next three years following their involvement in violent disorder in Watford in September last year.
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The pair were due to stand trial for affray at Luton Crown Court on Monday 12 October, but the prosecution agreed to offer no evidence if the pair accepted the banning orders.

Both men, aged 18, were arrested after fans clashed in Watford town centre hours after Brentford lost 2-1 to their Championship rivals on September 30 last year, the court heard. During the brawl chairs were thrown, said prosecutor, Daniel Siong.

Judge Stuart Bridge said: “I am satisfied on their admissions there are reasonable grounds for the banning orders with the hope of preventing violence or disorder at football matches.”

The two men left the court with no conviction on their record but were told they risked prison if they broke the ban, which includes England home games.

A third man from Hounslow pleaded guilty to the charge of affray. He was released on bail and will be sentenced following the trial of a Watford fan, charged with the same offence, which may not be held until next year.




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