Birmingham & Black Country

Fan jailed for assaulting man after England game

A 20-year-old fan who assaulted a man after watching England's opening World Cup match in a Birmingham bar has been jailed for six months.

Jamie Gallett, from Acocks Green, Birmingham, was seen by CCTV operators assaulting a man before shouting abuse at a kebab takeaway owner.

He admitted affray at the city magistrates' court.

West Midlands Police is now liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service to serve a football banning order on him.

Officers arrested Gallett in Digbeth following England's 1-1 draw with the USA on Saturday. He had been drinking in the Broad Street area

He was sentenced on Thursday.

Det Con Michelle Hussey said: "The sentence and speed with which it was imposed, reflects the seriousness with which we treat this type of crime.

"It is also worth mentioning that his friends did try in vain to stop him offending. Because he wouldn't listen he will now miss the whole World Cup."

The force said it would seek football banning orders against those involved in World Cup-related disorder.

Insp Howard Lewis-Jones said he hoped that deterrent would stand throughout the tournament.

"We are all hoping England get through the group stage without the need for us to use the powers we have available," he said.

"But they are there and as we have shown with six arrests last week we are going to use them to stop any trouble before it starts."

Officers on Broad Street also plan to issue yellow card warnings to drinkers who look like causing trouble, with a red card meaning an arrest and banning order.