Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Pitch invader banned for three years

A HENLEY footballer has been banned from attending regulated football matches for three years

A HENLEY footballer has been banned from attending regulated football matches for three years.

Charlie Sumner, 20, was given a football banning order after he invaded the pitch during Reading's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Bradford in March.

He was ordered to pay £377 in costs and charges after the sentencing at Reading Magistrates Court today (Thursday).

Sumner's solicitor entered his guilty plea to one count of going on to the playing area at a football match at his trail on April 1st.

He was unable to do this himself as he had left the court to buy lunch.

Sentencing, lead magistrate Paul Dick said: "We have listened very carefully to what has been said. We hear you are a footballer and you understand the expectations and no what poor public order can lead to in that situation."

"We plan to make a football banning order for three years. In terms of the fine we have taken into account your guilty plea and you will be fined £265, plus £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £27."

During the game on March 16 he performed four somersaults in front of thousands of fans during Reading?s 3-0 victory against Bradford at the Madejski Stadium before he was removed by stewards and then arrested.

Sumner is on the books of Henley Town FC, where his father Craig is manager, and lives in Grays Crescent, Woodley.

More in next week's Henley Standard.

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