Bristol City supporter banned over trouble involving Cardiff fans - plus Bournemouth fan caught with flare

‘It’s important fans of all football clubs understand their actions have consequences’

A Bristol City supporter has been issued with a three-year banning order over trouble involving Cardiff City fans before the Severnside Derby in January.

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Today, Avon and Somerset Police has said there was also incident involving a Bristol City supporter and Cardiff City fans prior the game which has led to a conviction and banning order.

Callum Coen, 20, from Lawrence Weston, was convicted at Bristol Magistrates Court of using words or behaving in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress during disorder with Cardiff City fans.

He received a three-year football banning order.

A Bristol City supporter has been banned from games following an incident involving Cardiff City fans

His conviction was revealed along with punishments for three other adult supporters, including a Bournemouth fan caught with a firework, flare or pyrotechnic item during his side’s game at Bristol City on 16 October last year.

James Chipchase, 26, from Bournemouth, was issued with a three-year football banning order.

Also convicted were two Bristol Rovers supporters following their team’s draw against Forest Green Rovers on April 23. Richard Hathaway, 19, from Southmead, received a five-year banning order after being convicted of using words or behaving in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress and entering the playing area.

And Lee Wells, 38, from Oldland Common, was given a three-year football banning order and ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service for entered the playing area and being found in possession of a firework, flare or pyrotechnic item. He was also convicted of using words or behaving in a way likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Inspector Mark Nicholson said: “There have been several incidents in recent weeks up and down the country of football fans running onto pitches and being violent towards players. Rightly, that has been condemned across the football community.

“It’s important fans of all football clubs understand their actions have consequences; violence and endangering public safety is not acceptable. Several fans supporting clubs across the South West will miss out on attending games next season and for years to come because of their irresponsible actions.”