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Three Cardiff City supporters given football banning orders after assaulting Manchester United fan

Manchester United defeated Cardiff City 5-1 in the game in December Credit: PA Images

Three Cardiff City fans have been banned from football matches after assaulting a Manchester United fan during a game.

Lee Thomas, 34, Gareth Walters, 34, and Royston Davies, 47, were all given banning orders after a disturbance broke out at the Cardiff City v Manchester United game on 22 December 2018.

A 22-year-old man and his 16-year-old brother, who were there supporting Manchester United but were from Cardiff, were "unable to contain their emotions" after their side was awarded a penalty.

They were then targeted by Cardiff City fans and escorted by stewards from the ground's Canton Stand, but were followed by a group of angry supporters including Thomas, Walters and Davies, who spat at and assaulted the older brother.

The three were arrested and appeared at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on Friday, where Thomas was handed a five-year football banning order. Walters and Davies were each given three-year bans.

Thomas, from Pentre in Rhondda Cynon Taf, pleaded guilty to assault and was ordered to complete 20 hours unpaid work and to pay £50 in compensation, plus £170 in costs and a victim surcharge. Thomas' ban was longer as he had already received a three-year ban in March for a pitch invasion.

Walters, from Ely, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to spitting in the face of the victim and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and 100 hours of unpaid work. He was also told to pay £100 compensation and £225 victim surcharge and costs.

The incident took place at the Cardiff City Stadium in December Credit: PA Images

PC Christian Evans from South Wales Police said, "The victim and his brother had obtained tickets for the wrong end and unfortunately, despite their best efforts, were unable to contain their emotions when Manchester United were awarded a penalty.

"While it was perhaps foolish to sit in the home end, this young man did not deserve to be assaulted.

"The overwhelming majority of Cardiff City fans are well-behaved and passionate about their team. In fact, some home fans tried to protect the victim and his brother during the incident.

"However, when there is evidence of football-related disorder or violence, we always pursue those responsible in order that appropriate action is taken."

Walters, Davies and Thomas are banned from attending any football matches in the UK which are regulated under the Football Spectators Act 1989.

They are also banned from entering any licensed premises within 2,500 metres of a regulated football match in the UK five hours before and after the final whistle, and from entering any town or city in the UK where Cardiff City or Wales are playing.