Posted: Wed 16th Mar 2016

A Reminder To Some Football Fans…. /
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 16th, 2016

A quick reminder to some football fans about the importance of acceptable behaviour in the lead up to the Football European Championships – Euro 2016, this Summer….. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A Newport County Fan has recently received a three year Football Banning Order due to his alleged persistent anti-social behaviour at a number of matches throughout the UK. The Football Banning Order was granted after he was arrested and charged with being drunk and disorderly at the Notts County v Newport match, back in December 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

50 year old Brian Collins from Pontypool appeared at Nottinghamshire Magistrates Court in February, where he was given the Football Banning Order. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The ban means that Collins: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Cannot attend any FA regulated football match held in the UK or outside the UK for the duration of the order.
  • Must surrender his passport as and when requested to do so by police, preventing him from travelling to any football matches abroad.
  • Cannot enter a 50 metre radius of Rodney Parade when Newport County are playing a home match, for a time period of five hours before, to five hours after kick off.
  • Enter any town or city where Newport County AFC or the Welsh international team are playing an away match for the duration of the day/evening when the match is being played.

Football Liaison Officer, DC Sam Bonnici says: “This Football Banning Order sends a strong message to any would-be trouble makers that unacceptable behaviour at football matches will not be tolerated. The vast majority of Newport County supporters are well behaved but unfortunately, the small minority, like Mr Collins, have the potential to ruin what should be an exciting event for many fans. We work closely with Newport County AFC to ensure that their matches are played in a welcoming, family friendly environment. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This summer our national team will be travelling to France for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event for football fans. If you’re planning on travelling to watch one of the matches, please be warned that any unacceptable behaviour will be met with a red card.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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