Three men have been given football banning orders after incidents during matches last year.

Liam Green, 18, Yai Prentice, 18, and Benjamin Lanceley, 28, are each banned for three years, meaning they cannot attend a football fixture or the celebrations in the local area prior or post-match.

Prentice and Lanceley were involved in an incident in Cleveland during a fixture between Crawley Town and Hartlepool played in April last year.

Green was involved in disorder reported at 3.45pm on September 30 last year, during a match between Crawley Town and Sutton United.

Dedicated football officer for Crawley Town FC, PC Juliette Swietlik, said: “We will not tolerate football crime and related disorder.

“We want football fixtures to be events where families can attend, feel safe and everyone can have an enjoyable time.

“Those who pose a risk to this or use the match and feel-good spirit to commit crime will be put before the courts."

Green, of Hickling Walk, Crawley, appeared at Crawley Magistrates' Court on November 30 where he admitted using threatening or abusive words or behaviour, likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, contrary to the Public Order Act. 

He was ordered to pay a £26 surcharge and £85 court costs alongside the football banning order.

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Chris Baker, safety officer at Crawley Town FC, said of Green:  “We have a zero-tolerance approach on all forms of anti-social behaviour and this includes any form of abuse.

"We worked closely with Sussex Police to identify and prosecute the individual concerned and we welcome the guilty verdict from the courts.

"The individual will also be subject to an indefinite ban from the Broadfield Stadium."

Prentice, of Northgate Road, Crawley, and Lanceley, of Wakehurst Drive, Crawley, received their bans in October 2023 for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour contrary to the Public Order Act during the incident in Cleveland.