Sunday, 22 July 2018

Football fan admits running onto pitch

A HENLEY footballer who admitted running on to the pitch topless during Reading?s FA Cup quarter-final replay faces a ban from future games.

A HENLEY footballer who admitted running on to the pitch topless during Reading?s FA Cup quarter-final replay faces a ban from future games.

Charlie Sumner, 20, performed four somersaults in front of thousands of fans during Reading?s 3-0 victory against Bradford City at the Madejski Stadium on March 16.

He was arrested and charged with one count of going on to the playing area at a football match.

On Wednesday, Sumner was due to appear at Reading Magistrates? Court but his solicitor Sally Thomson had to enter a guilty plea on his behalf as he had gone to get something to eat after waiting hours for his case to be heard.

The court heard he could be made the subject of a football banning order preventing him from going to any of the Royals? home or away games.

The magistrates extended his bail on the condition that he does not go to any stadium where Reading are playing.

Mrs Thomson told the court she would seek testimonials as to his character and footage of the incident.

Sumner, who is on the books of Henley Town FC, where his father is manager, and lives in Grays Crescent, Woodley, said he didn?t regret what he did.

He said: ?I?d had a few drinks. I was a bit happy and Reading were winning, so I went for it really and had a laugh. It was spur of the moment.

?I?m not going to do it again and I?m not trying to encourage other people to do it.?

Sumner is due to be sentenced on April 30.

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