A Northampton man has been issued with a five-year football banning order following his involvement in the disorder witnessed in Marseille during the Euro 2016 championships last summer.
Jake Marriott, 19, of Croughton Close, Sunnyside, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January 3.
During the hearing he was also sentenced for being in possession of a flare at a sporting event. He was given a 12-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work and to pay £615 court costs.
Marriott was seen to be in possession of a flare at Sixfields Stadium on September 21 last year when Northampton Town hosted Manchester United in the third round of the Football League Cup.
Marriott was found guilty of the offence at a hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on December 13.
Officers applied for the civil banning order during yesterday’s hearing as part of Operation Novella, a large scale policing operation to combat disorder and anti-social behaviour involving UK supporters.
Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, who leads on policing football matches in Northamptonshire, said: “We work closely with our football teams and were in attendance at Sixfields during Northampton Town’s match against Manchester United.
“Marriott was seen to throw a flare at a crowd during the match and was arrested on the night.
“We also received evidence to show that Marriott was in Marseille in June when disorder broke out during Euro 2016, which is why the application was made for a football banning order.
“We, alongside colleagues in the UK Football Policing Unit, are committed to combating violence at matches in the UK and abroad.
“We want all football matches to be safe places where parents can take their children safe in the knowledge that flares won’t be thrown at them, and that they are not in danger of being caught up in violence purely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I hope Marriott’s conviction, and the imposition of a banning order, will serve as a strong future deterrent to others who may want to get involved in this level of disorder.”
The banning order restricts Marriott from attending any regulated football match within the UK. It also restricts his travel outside of the UK when the England football team are playing abroad