18 month football ban for trouble before Raith-Dunfermline game

Football ban
Football ban

A football fan has been fined £400 and banned from attending football matches for 18 months following an incident with rival fans before a match between Raith Rovers and Dunfermline Athletic.

The Banning Order means that as well as the sentence imposed by the court, Stephen Payne (20), from Rosyth will be banned from all regulated football matches throughout the whole of the United Kingdom for a period of one and a half years.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard that on November 17, 2012, prior to the match at Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy, police had halted rival fans in Links Street and formed two ranks between them to prevent them coming together.

Both groups were shouting, swearing and challenging each other to fight,

An associate of the accused was apprehended trying to break through the cordon resulting in Payne confronting officers and attempting to free him.

Payne persisted in his efforts despite being warned by police and then walked along the cordon gesturing to, and antagonising, rival fans.

Speaking following sentencing Faith Millar, Football Liaison Prosecutor for the East of Scotland, said: “There is no place in modern Scotland for such unruly disorder where grown men, so called football fans, look to fight in the street.

“It is totally unacceptable, brings shame on the game and embarrasses genuine supporters.

“We will do all in our power to bring those who perpetrate such crimes to justice.”