£10k fine and suspended sentence for football violence

A 19-year-old Sheffield man has been handed a suspended prison sentence, a £10,000 fine and a three-year Football Banning Order after pleading guilty to the assault of a football fan.

Bradley Smart, of School Road, High Green, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday 12 November where he was sentenced to 15-months in prison, suspended for two years, as well as given a three-year banning order and ordered to pay a £10,000 fine.

He pleaded guilty to Section 20 Assault.

On Saturday 16 September 2017, after the Sheffield United v Norwich match, two visiting fans from Norwich suffered serious injuries after disorder on Bramall Lane.

The men, aged 55 and 25, required hospital treatment for their serious head and facial injuries.

Temporary Chief Inspector Phil Barraclough, from South Yorkshire Police’s Operational Support Unit, said: “Following the disorder on Bramall Lane in September 2017, an investigation was immediately launched.

“Through CCTV enquiries and public appeals for information, we were able to identify Smart and a number of other individuals.

“I am pleased that he has been handed a significant sentence for his crime, as this sends a strong message that violence will not be tolerated and if you choose to engage in disorder at football or any other public event, the consequences can be severe.

“South Yorkshire Police are working in partnership with all five football clubs in our county to ensure that our football events are trouble-free and that supporters from all clubs can visit our football grounds and enjoy the occasion without fear of violence.

“The football clubs are also committed to identifying any persons who are involved in football-related crime and disorder and will take positive action to ban any supporters convicted from their grounds.”

Breach of a banning order is a criminal offence, punishable by a maximum sentence of six-months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000, or both. In addition, a further banning order may be imposed.

Four other men have also been convicted of their involvement in the disorder and were sentenced last month.

On 18 October at Sheffield Crown Court, all four men were convicted of affray and each sentenced to nine-months in prison, suspended for two years, as well as given three-year banning orders and fined.

They are: Paul Danks, 59, of Redfern Grove, Waterthorpe; Darren Roe, 53, of Burns Road, Dinnington; Fraser Ardron, 30, of Briarfield Road, Gleadless; and Billy Smith, 23, of Ryan Drive, Woodhouse.

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