Swindon Town man receives three-year football match suspension following violence

A football fan has been prohibited from attending any future games for the next three years.

Sam Ross, of Smith Street, Mansfield, has been sentenced to assault by beating.

Last Monday, before Swindon Magistrates Court, the 36-year-old altered his plea from not guilty to guilty on a charge of striking a woman in Swindon on November 25, 2023.

For this offense, he has been issued a three-year football ban, prohibiting him from visiting any town or city four hours before Mansfield Town FC’s game and two hours after.

He is also forbidden from accessing Mansfield town centre while the team is playing at the One Call Centre for the same amount of time.

Swindon fan banned for three years for attacking Leyton Orient goalkeeper  Jamie Jones | Ilford Recorder

He must report to Mansfield Police Station in Nottingham within five days of the order being issued and notify authorities if his name changes.

The defendant must pay £250 in court fees and £53 for victim services.

Leyton Orient's Russell Slade furious after Swindon fan punches keeper |  Leyton Orient | The Guardian

On the day of the attack, Swindon Town defeated Mansfield Town FC 2-1 at the County Ground.

He also pled not guilty to one charge of being drunk while attempting to access a sports ground in Swindon during a sporting event on November 25, 2023, which was rejected due to a lack of evidence presented.

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