A Newtown man is no longer banned from all UK football matches after a court ruled it was ‘not necessary or proportionate’.
Ian Edward Gregory has been handed a three-year ban after pleading guilty to throwing a piece of food during Wrexham AFC’s home game against Torquay United on October 30 last year.
Wrexham Magistrates’ Court last week handed the 59-year-old the minimum ban, which meant he was not allowed to enter football stadiums, not just the racecourse , until March 2025.
However, the case was reopened in court today (Tuesday March 22) and the restraining order was withdrawn.
Wrexham Magistrates’ Court decided to withdraw the order because it was ‘not necessary or proportionate’. Bans cannot be tailored to individual motives, meaning the ban would have been enforced nationwide for three years.
Mr Gregory, of Oaklands Park, Newtown, is to pay a £300 fine which was also imposed at the initial hearing.
Four men from the Wrexham area have been handed five-year football banning orders for throwing away a bottle, drink contents, object and a plastic cup at the same game.
Ross Kevin Griffiths of Cae Richard, Rhos; Christopher Shane Pritchard of Stanley Grove, Ruabon; Eugene Anthony Samuel Roberts of Trem Y Berwyn, Penycae; and Kade John Sheady-Jones of Heol Cefnydd, Cefn Mawr were the men involved.
They will also be banned from being within 2,500 meters of any regulated stadium on matchdays and from entering any city where Wrexham AFC or the Wales national team are playing an away game.
Five other people are due to appear in court in the coming weeks and face restraining orders for alleged breaches at the Torquay, Yeovil Town and Chesterfield matches.