Eleven Manchester United fans given banning orders after ‘clashing with rival supporters in a pub during FA Cup tie against Sheffield United in January last year
A group of Manchester United fans who clashed with rival supporters have received football banning orders totalling 39 years.
Bans of three or five years were handed to 11 United fans following trouble at the club’s fixture against Sheffield United in the FA Cup in January last year.
Rival supporters clashed in the Shamrock pub in Bengal Street, Ancoats.
All 11 supporters are alleged to have caused or contributed to violence or disorder in the pub, with all accepting the bans imposed during a hearing at Manchester magistrates court.
The ban prevents them from entering the city centre or Old Trafford on matchdays, prosecutor David Kent said.
No criminal charges have been brought, with police saying there were no arrests made on the day of the match.
At the time, the M.E.N. reported on how police launched a major police operation in Ancoats, with shocking footage showing groups of fans trading kicks and punches .
Addressing the men in court, district judge Mark Hadfield said: “These orders are not meant to punish you, despite allegations that you were involved with violence at the Shamrock pub.
“It’s simply to ensure no further problems associated with football matches arise.
“You must realise if you breach your orders you run the real risk of serving a prison sentence.”
John Black, who defended six of the men, claimed the trouble ‘could have been prevented’, adding that some Sheffield United fans were ‘being escorted where Manchester United fans were based’.
Only seven of the 11 to receive banning orders were in court to hear their case.
More than 8,500 Sheffield United fans travelled to Manchester for the FA Cup third round tie, which United won 1-0 with a last minute Wayne Rooney penalty.
Police said a large number of fans were then taken to Manchester Piccadilly train station and put on-board trains out of the city.