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Three Albion fans thrown out of Amex and arrested
1:40pm Monday 4th March 2013 in News
Three Albion fans were arrested after being ejected from the Amex stadium at the weekend.
Two fans from the North Stand were ejected from the stadium for standing during the game against Huddersfield on Saturday and were both subsequently charged with public order offences. One was released without charge.
A third fan from the West Stand was ejected for throwing a bottle during the match and was arrested for breaching Section 2 of the Football Offences Act.
PC Darren Balkham from Sussex Police said: “It must be noted that two of the fans were arrested for their conduct after being removed from the stadium and not whatever may have happened inside.”
Fans in the North Stand complained after the match about “jobsworth” stewards who didn’t allow them to stand up after a goal or when Albion was close to scoring.
Argus website user BrightonBill commented: “We are going to have a major problem here with these jobsworths and they need to be weeded out now before we have a tragedy.”
But another Albion fan online commented: “If he stood, and persisted to stand after being told to sit, then rightly so. He broke the law and doesn't deserve to be in the stadium.”
Standing at football matches has been outlawed since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.