A TEENAGE football hooligan has been banned from matches for three years after a court was told his disorderly behaviour led to an Alfreton Town game being held up.
Lee Bielby (18) was among Lincoln City fans behaving badly at the Blue Square Premier League match at the Impact Arena in North Street on 29th October.
Chesterfield magistrates were told on Monday that he had been known to police for two years as a member of the Lincoln Transit Elite - a younger group of trouble-makers who regularly engaged in anti-social behaviour and planned disorder.
Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said he was ‘acting up’ in front of pals in an anti-social way and an officer asked him to move from pitch-side, but he refused.
He moved away when asked for his details and struggled and shouted abuse after an officer took hold of his arm.
“Another officer held his other arm and he became even more volatile and shouted obscenities, with children in the vicinity.
“He had to be taken to the ground on the playing area and the match had to be stopped briefly while he was arrested,” said Ms Mahon.
Bielby, of Renault Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, admitted using threatening behaviour and received a three-year football banning order. He was also fined £214, with £85 costs.
Pc Alan Guy, of Derbyshire Police’s football intelligence unit, said the BSPL was probably the worst league for football hooliganism at the moment.
He told the court: “The youth group try and perform in front of the older Lincoln risk group, who can number 200.
“Disorder was planned between two groups but we were able to intercept a Lincoln group as they got off a train at Alfreton.
“Some slipped away and there were problems in Alfreton town centre. We managed to stop serious disorder in a public house before the fixture.”
Bielby apologised for his behaviour, saying he had drunk too much before the game.
He added: “I was being anti-social. I was saying things that were not right. I was walking away and I got pulled back.
“I said: ‘Get off’ and I didn’t hear anyone ask me for my details.”