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Six Individuals Slapped with Football Banning Orders After Violence at Brighton Matches

Following incidents of violence and disorder at Brighton and Hove Albion fixtures in the UEFA Europa League, Brighton Magistrates’ Court has imposed Football Banning Orders on six individuals. Named in the hearing on March 14, the bans were sought by Sussex Police under the Football Spectators Act. The individuals affected are:

  1. Liam Shorten, 31, of Hangleton Close, Hove, issued a five-year Football Banning Order until March 2029, with court costs and surcharges totalling £1,784.
  2. Robert Kilhams, 36, of Balmoral Close, Rustington, issued a five-year Football Banning Order until March 2029, with court costs and surcharges totalling £1,736.
  3. Charles Haig, 29, of Downland Avenue, Peacehaven, issued a five-year Football Banning Order until March 2029, with court costs and surcharges totalling £1,932.
  4. Jack Slowey, 32, of Mayfield Avenue, Peacehaven, issued a five-year Football Banning Order until March 2029, with court costs and surcharges totalling £1,840.
  5. Tomasso Tizzano, 53, of Highbank, Brighton, issued a three-year Football Banning Order until March 2027, with court costs and surcharges totalling £226.
  6. John Dennison, 55, of Main Road, Nutbourne, issued a three-year Football Banning Order until March 2027, with court costs and surcharges totalling £400.

The force’s Dedicated Football Officer PC Darren Balkham said: “These court orders demonstrate that we will not tolerate crime and disorder related to football.

“All supporters should be able to attend games, feel safe, and have an enjoyable time.

“This has been a historic season for Brighton and Hove Albion and many thousands of fans attended cities and stadiums across Europe and did their team proud with their support. This went a long way to dispel the stereotypical reputation of English fans abroad.

“Unfortunately there have been a very small number of men who have been involved in violence . We won’t tolerate that and we will deal with those who wish to do so.

“Those who pose a risk to the safety of the vast majority of fans to disrupt the good spirit of football fixtures will be put before the courts. When they make a choice to behave in a certain way, they will know there is a consequence that they will face.

“Football banning orders prohibit people from attending a football fixture both at home and abroad, and being in the local area prior to or after a match.

“The six men who were issued banning orders related to fixtures at AEK Athens in Athens last November and against Olympique Marseille in Marseille last October.

“I would like to thank Brighton and Hove Albion supporters for their fantastic assistance, especially with the Marseille incident inside the stadium which allowed us to open an investigation and deal with the offender.”

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