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Three-year football ban for drunk Leeds United fan

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A Leeds United fan has been banned from attending his team’s games for three years for being drunk and abusive on a train.

Karl Dale, 19, was part of a group of fans returning on a Metro train from the Sunderland v Leeds match on 19 August. 
As the train travelled between the Stadium of Light and Fellgate station, Dale chanted loud and offensive songs and swore. When he was asked to stop by officers on the train he became abusive. Due to his behaviour Dale was told to leave the train but when he refused, hurled more abuse and then began swinging his arms at officers, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

Dale, of Woodside Drive in Morley pleaded guilty and was sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 26 September. He was handed a £167 fine and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.  
The court also heard that Dale had a previous conviction for football related disorder in Barnsley as he was given a football banning order preventing him from attending and travelling to football matches for three years.
PC Scott Sharlotte said: “The train was extremely busy with a number of people who were shocked and intimidated by Dale’s behaviour.
“Trains and stations are not extensions of football terraces and fans cannot expect to travel on trains drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, singing and shouting offensive songs and behaving in an anti-social manner without us taking action.  

“We are committed to protecting the travelling public from this kind of mindless behaviour and would ask that anyone who witnesses it contact us on 0800 405040 or text us on 61016.”

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