Violent fan given banning order

Gillingham FC, Gills, Kent
Jordan Brads has been banned from football matches for three years Photo: ITV Meridian

A 20-year-old man has been banned from attending football matches for three years after being found guilty of disorder when Gillingham played Stoke in January.

Jordan Brads, a kitchen porter of Arden Street, Gillingham was arrested shortly before kick off in the third round FA Cup fixture at the Priestfield Stadium.

Specialist officers from Kent Police's Football Crime Unit intervened when they spotted a group of unruly home supporters head to the football stadium.

Brads was seen throwing a beer can at the head of a rival supporter and then started swinging punches towards other Stoke supporters.

While officers were dealing with another man from the Gillingham group, Brads managed to make his way inside the stadium, where he was arrested by police officers, a short while later in the Brian Moore stand.

He was subsequently charged with a section 5 Public Order Offence.

Brads was found guilty of a public order offence by Medway magistrates and sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Discharge, £85 costs and a three year football banning order.

It means Brads will be banned from travelling to and attending football matches, both at home and abroad.

Chief Superintendent Alasdair Hope said: 'I am pleased with the outcome as once again it shows how seriously football-related offences are taken by the courts.

'The majority of football fans are good natured, and genuinely want to support their team. They should be able to do that, without being subjected to offensive and criminal behaviour, and that applies just as much to club stewards as well.

'This sends out a strong message to the minority of people who get involved in violence and disorder. Be warned - you will be arrested, we'll take you to court and we'll do everything within our power to support the courts in banning you from entering a football ground for several years."