Bristol City FC fans banned for attack on Leeds rival

Darren Priaulx (centre, white top) is attacked
Image caption Mr Priaulx was attacked after celebrating when Leeds United scored

Five Bristol City football fans who attacked a Leeds supporter after he celebrated a goal at Ashton Gate last year have been given banning orders.

Darren Priaulx was attacked when he sat in the home end at a 2011 match.

Christopher Moore and Paul Stitt, both 47 and of Whitchurch and Neil Grey, 32, of Weston-super-Mare were found guilty of violent disorder.

Lee Charlton, 29, and Dean Ellis, 41, both of Bristol, pleaded guilty at a previous Bristol Crown Court hearing.

Moore and Grey were given 10 month suspended sentences, Stitt was given 12 months, Charlton eight months and Ellis a seven-month sentence all suspended for two years.

The five fans have been banned from football matches for up to four years and were also ordered to carry out community service.

'Terrible disgrace'

The court heard the ticket was sold in the Dolman Stand to Mr Priaulx, 27, from Plymouth, without the knowledge he was a Leeds fan.

Mr Priaulx travelled from Devon with his father, aunt and brother and was told the stand was family-friendly.

Roger Frayer, from Avon and Somerset Police, said the force would seek to ban unruly fans.

"It was a terrible disgrace to football in itself, you don't expect to see violence and disorder around football games but unfortunately it still crops up," he said.

"Where defendants are found and taken to court then we will look for football banning orders to keep them away."

A Bristol City FC spokesman said: "This remains a unique yet regrettable incident and a great shame these mindless few acted the way they did."

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