Pitch invader Gills banned from football matches

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A spectator who invaded the pitch at a Gillingham FC match has been banned from playing for three years.

Thomas Hill, 33, ran onto the pitch during the second half of a League One game against Oxford United in January this year.

The offender was arrested by the stewards during the game

He entered the pitch between a gap in the advertising stands after Gillingham scored in the 62nd minute of the match at City’s Priestfield Stadium before being held down by club stewards and taken off the ground.

Police then charged Hill with entering the playing area of ​​a designated football match, which is a criminal offense under the Football Offenses Act.

Hill, of Pearl Walk, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty when he appeared before magistrates at Medway and was ordered to pay a £220 fine and £85 court costs.

It is also now banned from attending a football match in the UK for the next three years.

Inspector Adam Duke said: “Football restraining orders were introduced in the late 1980s to help improve safety at matches, and they remain an important power at our disposal despite the number of incidents far fewer in matches today than there were then.”

Hill ran onto the pitch at Priestfield Stadium.  Image bank
Hill ran onto the pitch at Priestfield Stadium. Image bank

He said: “There is absolutely no reason for anyone to run onto the pitch during a match, and it is important that spectators realize that this is a criminal offense which can have serious consequences. consequences for them if they end up with a criminal conviction.

“It can also sometimes lead to sanctions against the club they claim to support.”

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