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Football fans banned after FA Cup derby violence

There were violent scenes across the city

Four fans have been given football banning orders following the violence in Southampton after the FA Cup tie against rivals Portsmouth.

Daniel Poskitt, 21, and Mark Davis, 37, both from Southampton, Perran Maddern, 18, of Chichester, and David Guy, 44, of Bursledon, were given the orders.

Bricks and bottles were thrown outside St Mary's stadium on Saturday.

The men pleaded guilty to public order offences and were banned for three years at Southampton Magistrates Court.

Poskitt, from Sholing Road, who was charged with causing harrasment, alarm or distress contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act, was also fined £135.

Davis, 37, of Nightingale Grove, Maddern, 18, of Dairy Lane, and Guy, 44, of Beverley Gardens, were all charged with fear or provocation of violence contrary to Section 4 of the Public Order Act following the incident.

They all pleaded guilty.

Davis was fined £350, Maddern £200 and Guy £367.

'Not acceptable'

Ashley Singh, 19, and Nick Singh Digwa, 29, both from Mandela Way, Southampton, were also fined £100 and £150 respectively.

Two men who pleaded not guilty will go on trial on 16 June and 25 June, police said.

They are Joseph Reeve, 20, from Heath Close, Waterlooville, and Allan Taylor, 30, from Milton Road, Southampton.

Nick Hawkins, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said: "The violence that marred Saturday's match is not acceptable and we and Hampshire Constabulary have acted quickly to bring those arrested at the game before the courts.

"We are seriously considering appealing (against) the sentences handed to Digwa and Singh to the Crown Court so we can pursue Football Banning Orders for them".

The banning orders prevent the men from entering any football stadium in England and Wales and from attending certain matches abroad.



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