Bradford man banned from football grounds for disorder

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A 19-year-old Bradford man has been banned from entering football grounds in England and Wales for five years.

West Yorkshire Police said Callum Ellis was the "ringleader" of a group of young hooligans involved in disorder.

The force applied for the order under the Football Spectators Act, after linking Ellis, of Tarnhill Mews, West Bowling, to a number of incidents.

One was a pitch invasion on a day of remembrance for those who died in the Bradford City fire disaster in 1985.

The order was granted at Leeds Magistrates Court.

'Young Bradford Ointment'

Police said Ellis was captured on CCTV at the front of a crowd of people who invaded the pitch at the Valley Parade stadium to confront away supporters after their final match of last season, against Northampton.

The 25th anniversary of the fire, in which 56 died, was commemorated during the match.

Police said they believed Ellis was the ringleader of a hooligan group known as the "Young Bradford Ointment".

He was also involved in "threatening behaviour" towards Chesterfield fans at Bradford's Forster Square train station on 26 September.

Bradford City gave Ellis a lifetime ban after the Northampton fixture.

Ch Supt Mark Milsom said: "People like this are not football fans and our officers are committed to ensuring they do not have the opportunity to spoil the event for true supporters."

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