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Derby County fan banned from attending games for three years after fight

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Nine football fans have been sentenced after a brawl between Derby County and Rotherham supporters at Rotherham station, with one being banned from attending any football games for the next three years.

The two sets of fans became embroiled in a fight on 12 March 2016 following a Championship league fixture between the teams, while waiting to catch their trains home.

Witnesses described seeing Rotherham fans taunt and goad Derby fans on the opposite platform to come over to them for a fight. 

The group of Derby fans then headed across the footbridge while the Rotherham group gathered at the bottom of the stairs waiting for them.  As the Derby fans descended, a fight broke out between the rival groups, in full view of families and children also waiting on the platform.

Nine men were later arrested and charged in connection with the brawl, with them all pleading guilty to affray at Sheffield Crown Court on 17 May.

On Friday, June 23, Grant Lowe, aged 21, of Robin Hood, Whatstandwell, Matlock, Derbyshire was handed an order banning him from attending any football games for the next three years as well as 180 hours of unpaid work, a 12 month community order and ordered to pay £200 in costs
Three other Derby County fans were also sentenced on Friday - each ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, 12 month community orders and pay £200 in costs. They are: Adam Parker, aged 28, of Water Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire; Daniel Oven, aged 25, of King Street, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Derbyshire and Jack Higton, aged 23, of Bournebrook Avenue, Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

On Thursday, 22 June, five Rotherham United fans were also handed the same sentences. They are: Owen Dennedy-Roughley, aged 18, of Windsor Street, Thurnscoe, Barnsley; Ryan Dennedy, aged 21, also of Windsor Street, Thurnscoe, Barnsley; Wayne Cadman, aged 52, of Probert Avenue, Goldthorpe, Barnsley; Simon Cragg, aged 33 of Nicholas Lane, Goldthorpe, Barnsley; and David Beckett, aged 33, of Albert Road, Morley. 

Investigating officer DC Ian Grice said: “British Transport Police takes reports of football violence extremely seriously. Despite being surrounded by young children and their families, these men behaved in a totally unacceptable and violent manner, frightening those around them with their aggressive behaviour. How would they have felt if their own families had been caught up in this?
“Fans like these need to be reminded that the station and trains are not only used by them and need to behave accordingly. The general public should not have to witness this. Railway stations are not an extension of football stands.”

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