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Chelsea violence: Men sentenced following Cardiff match

Twenty-four men have been sentenced for taking part in violence after an FA Cup match between Chelsea and Cardiff City in west London in February 2010.

Ten of them committed violent disorder, while 12 were sentenced for affray and the other two for public disorder.

All were banned from football grounds for between three and eight years.

The clashes were between two separate groups of hooligans, the Chelsea Head Hunters and the Soul Crew of Cardiff, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

One of those convicted was 43-year-old Jason Marriner from Hertfordshire, who was previously the subject of an undercover investigation by TV journalist Donal MacIntyre into hooliganism.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and banned from football grounds for six years after being convicted of violent disorder.

Broken jaw

About 6,000 Cardiff fans travelled to London for the fifth round match, which Chelsea won 4-1.

It had a 1200 GMT kick-off on Saturday 13 February.

The Metropolitan and South Wales Police forces joined together and Operation Turnhill, as it was codenamed, saw officers going undercover to spot troublemakers.

One police officer suffered a broken jaw in the violence.

A pregnant woman told the court how she was forced to speed away in her car on Kings Road, near Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground, because she feared for her life and that of her unborn child.

So far 63 people have been convicted over the violence, which followed the clubs' first meeting in 18 years.

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