Man banned from football matches for inciting violence

A man has been banned from going to football matches for three years following an incident where he shouted abusive language and threats at the opposition, as well as inciting violence.

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Man banned from going to football matches for 3 years

Michael Andrew O'Shea has been banned from attending football matches for three years Credit: Kent Police

A Canterbury man has been banned from attending football matches for three years following an incident in Gillingham.

Michael Andrew O'Shea was caught shouting abusive language and threats to opposing fans.

He was warned by officers about his language, but he continued to incite violence.

The 51-year-old was then arrested and later charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence.

He has now been banned from attending any regulated football matches.

Magistrates also fined him £350 plus £85 costs and £35 victim surcharge.

PC Geoff Greensmith, Kent Police Football Liaison Officer said, "This outcome sends a strong message to anyone found committing football-related offences at or near a stadium- you will be arrested and put before the courts.

"O'Shea is now banned from travelling to and attending football matches at home and abroad for three years."

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