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Stags fans warned they could face banning orders after Northampton Town trouble

Adam Murray leads out the Mansfield Town team at the start of the 2014 -15 season at the Sixfields Stadium -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Adam Murray leads out the Mansfield Town team at the start of the 2014 -15 season at the Sixfields Stadium -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Stags fans are being warned they could potentially face football banning orders after trouble flared during Saturday’s season opener at Northampton Town.

One man was arrested and another served with a violence reduction order after an incident involving visiting fans inside the ground on Saturday.

During the game, which Mansfield Town eventually lost 1-0, stewards and police had to deal with Stags fans damaging the advertising hoardings in the South Stand.

One eye witness said a section of fans were kicking the hoardings behind the goal, and lifted one section up after it broke lose.

Pc Nick Price, county football officer for Northamptonshire Police, said a number of away fans were questioned after the incident.

Through his Twitter feed, the officer said footage from CCTV and body-worn video cameras will now be scrutinised.

Speaking through Twitter after the match on Saturday, he added: “If any arrests are made from any of today’s events, dependant on the subjects previous convictions, etc, football banning orders may be applied for.

“Unfortunately a small section of the Mansfield Town fans let the club down today.”

Pc Price said there was also an incident away from the ground ‘where males linked to both clubs were involved’. It has not been confirmed if it was related to an incident involving a smoke bomb.

 

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