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Teenager banned for pitch attack
Britannia Stadium
The incident took place during a goal mouth fracas
A teenager who assaulted a Championship footballer during a match at the Stoke City ground has been banned from attending matches for three years.

The 16-year-old from Trent Vale admitted assaulting Queens Park Rangers defender Ian Evatt at a match last 3 December, at the Britannia Stadium.

Newcastle-under-Lyme youth court was shown CCTV footage of the incident.

The teenager also admitted a charge of pitch encroachment. The court heard he had been drinking before the match.

The incident took place during a goal mouth fracas after Stoke City player was sent off, resulting in a penalty being awarded to QPR.

Four stewards had the incident under control but after [the youth] tried the headlock eight or nine QPR players put the boot in
Stephen Vesay

Liz Rider, prosecuting, said the defendant ran towards the goal mouth and jumped onto Mr Evatt's back.

"He took him round the shoulders and forced him to the floor. Evatt then felt a fist hit his left cheek."

In mitigation, Stephen Vesay, said the youth admitted attempting a flying headlock on Mr Evatt but did not accept he had punched him.

He had little memory of the incident as had been drunken stupor and thought someone he knew had been assaulted by Stoke and QPR players, he said.

Public order

Mr Vesay added several footballers made the incident worse by becoming involved and a QPR substitute ran down the pitch and kicked the boy in the head.

"Four stewards had the incident under control but after he tried the headlock eight or nine QPR players put the boot in," he said.

He said had this been a public place the footballers would face public order charges.

The teenager was made the subject of a three-month action plan and his mother was asked to pay 87 costs.


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