[A] man from Barrow has been handed a court order banning him from football matches, as officers in Cumbria continue to clamp down on any football-related disorder and violence.
Jon Doherty, aged 25, was made subject of the three-year Football Banning Order following a hearing at North Cumbria Magistrates’ Court yesterday (26th July). The order bans Doherty from attending any regulated football matches anywhere in the country for three years, and he is also prevented from travelling abroad during international friendlies, qualification matches and tournaments.
DC Angela Rush said:
“Doherty received the banning order following a number of years of being involved in football-related violence and disorder here in Cumbria, other areas of the UK and abroad.
“This banning order is pivotal in both preventing any potential offending by Doherty and also his ability to influence others into violence or disorder.
“We will not tolerate those who use football matches as an excuse for violence and disorder whether at home or away matches. Banning people like Doherty from matches makes it safer for everyone to go to the football. Families should be able to support their teams without fear of violence or intimidation. This should serve as a warning to any else who thinks it is acceptable to inflict their anti-social or criminal behaviour on other, well-behaved football fans.”