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(Guardian)   Life comes at you fast. One day you're going to watch a soccer match like you do every week, the next you're starting a 14-week prison sentence for running on to the field and punching the opposition captain in the head   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Dumbass, Birmingham City F.C., Aston Villa F.C., Birmingham, Birmingham derby, Manchester United F.C., The Football League, Birmingham City fan, Paul Mitchell  
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2019-03-12 08:52:42 AM  
He got off easy
 
2019-03-12 09:00:42 AM  
...and banned from soccer matches for a decade.

In the US he would've gotten 3-5 and banned from that one specific stadium for life, is my guess.
 
2019-03-12 09:50:58 AM  
The case against Paul Mitchell was pretty cut and dry.
 
2019-03-12 09:52:24 AM  
His club, Birmingham City, have banned him from all their home and away games for life.

Apparently his lawyer asked for a lenient or non-custodial sentence on the grounds of... well, not much actually. The judge refused, gave the maximum sentence he was allowed to given no injury resulted, and said 'this has to send a message'.
 
2019-03-12 09:54:06 AM  
I blame austerity.
 
2019-03-12 09:55:54 AM  

Cyrene Valantion: His club, Birmingham City, have banned him from all their home and away games for life.


While I don't disagree at all with that decision, how can Birmingham City ensure that he's not attending away games? It's not their facility. Birmingham City is essentially banning him for life everywhere. How can they do that? Logistically speaking.

Again, don't disagree with the idea.
 
2019-03-12 10:01:13 AM  

Rev.K: Cyrene Valantion: His club, Birmingham City, have banned him from all their home and away games for life.

While I don't disagree at all with that decision, how can Birmingham City ensure that he's not attending away games? It's not their facility. Birmingham City is essentially banning him for life everywhere. How can they do that? Logistically speaking.

Again, don't disagree with the idea.


Welcome to George Orwell's UK.

Every team has a registry of "supporters" that gets shared with the other teams.  There are strict seating-section rules for fans of the away team.

Because the average superfan in the UK has about the same level of couth and self-control as the worst Raiders superfan.
 
2019-03-12 10:02:52 AM  

IHadMeAVision: ...and banned from soccer matches for a decade.

In the US he would've gotten 3-5 and banned from that one specific stadium for life, is my guess.


In the US he might not have even been arraigned yet.
 
2019-03-12 10:15:17 AM  

FrancoFile: Every team has a registry of "supporters" that gets shared with the other teams.  There are strict seating-section rules for fans of the away team.


Yeah, I can see that then. Ok.
 
2019-03-12 10:37:40 AM  
Suck it, Andy Capp
 
2019-03-12 10:50:26 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: IHadMeAVision: ...and banned from soccer matches for a decade.

In the US he would've gotten 3-5 and banned from that one specific stadium for life, is my guess.

In the US he might not have even been arraigned yet.


Yes, in Magistrates court there, it's like NYC, you get arraigned within 24 hours I think.

He pleaded guilty 'at the first opportunity' which slashed his potential sentence by a third.

Ironically, there are a lot of Brit superfans whining he would have gotten less for a punch in the street...because superfans don't understand context and, well, rules.
 
2019-03-12 11:08:53 AM  
There are suggestions that Birmingham should play their next few home games in an empty stadium.
 
2019-03-12 11:17:13 AM  
Good.

We had a mess here on Saturday. Away fans threw not only flares, but cherry bombs into the closest home supporters section. Really farked up.

Police came in at 80 min in full riot gear and cleared a couple thousand away fans out of the stadium into the pavilion and held them there until well after it was over.

Guess they were upset because we won 4-0
 
2019-03-12 11:36:09 AM  
I know footballers generally aren't the biggest & strongest of athletes, but they are in terrific shape and during gamedays at least are completely sober, unlike these morons running onto the pitch. Point is, this dude is lucky he didn't get absolutely farked up before security grabbed and hauled him off.

For all the "omg remember Monica Seles" remarks (which I understand) in response to crap like this, I'm equally as worried that one of these days some player will be in the right position and/or frame of mind to exact his own brand of self-defense to a pitch invader that, no matter how justified said player may have been, only gets himself in trouble and opens another can of worms entirely.
 
2019-03-12 11:43:29 AM  
Brian Clough once punched a couple of fans that invaded the pitch at Forest.

He then got a nice photo op out of publicly apologising to them.

Different times.
 
2019-03-12 11:48:43 AM  
Cantona kicks a Crystal Palace fan !
Youtube 52QC_-4aS8w
 
2019-03-12 11:50:01 AM  
Could have used more time.  A person like that (no impulse control, tendency toward violence, obsession with public figures) will re-offend.  And increased deterrence and public condemnation are worthy goals as well.
 
2019-03-12 12:02:20 PM  

Crewmannumber6: He got off easy


He's lucky he didn't do this in NYC or he'd get a New York tune up from the cities finest under the stands.
I think he's also lucky the steward got their first. I don't think the team was going to wrap him up in a bear hug and toss him to the ground so gently.

/There's a reason you don't see people running onto the field/court in NYC sports events.
 
2019-03-12 01:19:22 PM  
See, if he did this to John Terry, he'd have free drinks at the local pub for life.
 
2019-03-12 11:37:54 PM  

Cajnik: Good.

We had a mess here on Saturday. Away fans threw not only flares, but cherry bombs into the closest home supporters section. Really farked up.

Police came in at 80 min in full riot gear and cleared a couple thousand away fans out of the stadium into the pavilion and held them there until well after it was over.

Guess they were upset because we won 4-0


Coulda been Belgrade.
 
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