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Six year banning order and jail sentence for football violence

Two men have been banned from attending football matches for six years after admitting violent behaviour at a Stoke City game.

Both men were spotted throwing punches at supporters during an altercation in the first-half.

The fight, which occurred on the stairway, caused some supporters to fall down the stairs and receive minor injuries. Both men were ejected from the game and arrested.

Appearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, both men pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.

Francis Brown, 49, from Spring Terrace, Mill Hill, Blackburn and Frankie Brown, 22, from Bolton Road, Blackburn, were both sentenced to four months in prison, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115 each and both given a six year Football Banning Order.

PC Ben Greensides, officer in the case for Staffordshire Police, said: "Francis and Frankie Brown received the maximum sentence the District Judge could give and the judge was rightly concerned for the safety of football spectators.

"Violence must never be tolerated at sporting fixtures and we work closely with clubs in Staffordshire to investigate instances of disorder and anti-social behaviour."

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