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Match ban after football violence
Four men were banned from attending football matches for three years after taking part in street violence.

Peter Gilman, 21, Tom Wheeldon, 20, and twin brothers Adam and James Matkin, 20, all admitted affray at Derby Crown Court on Monday.

The four, all members of hooligan group the Derby Lunatic Fringe, were involved in a clash between Derby County and Bradford City fans on 12 April.

Each were given 200 hours community punishment and told to pay 250 costs.

They were also subjected to a four-month curfew from 2100 to 0500.

Football-related

Derby Crown Court heard how the violence, which was caught on CCTV, flared after Wheeldon punched a man standing outside a bar on Sadler Gate.

Avik Mukherjee, prosecuting, said Gilman and the Matkin twins then joined in the melee before doormen finally chased the group away.

He said the men were all connected with the Derby Lunatic Fringe, and the prosecution therefore considered the trouble to be football-related.

The court heard they had been drinking throughout the day, with James Matkin later claiming to have downed 12 or 13 pints of lager.

'Completely disgraceful'

Gilman, of Marshall Street; Wheeldon, of Broadway, James Matkin, of Ella Bank Road, and Adam Matkin, of Wilmott Street, all Heanor, were told they had only narrowly avoided jail.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Hamilton said he believed kicks had been used during the violence, which he called "part of a footballing culture".

He also made all four the subject of a three-year banning order after branding the men's behaviour "utterly and completely disgraceful".

The Derby Lunatic Fringe is not connected to Derby County Football Club.


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