North East Wales

Wrexham football spectator punched player on pitch

Mold Crown Court

A spectator from Wrexham ran onto a football pitch and assaulted one of the players, a court has heard.

Aaron Richard Davies, 23, of Queensway, punched the player at a game between Castle Park Football Club, in Flint, and Acton Village on 5 September 2015.

He was due to go on trial but admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Mold Crown Court on Monday.

Davies was placed on a 12-month community order with 30 days of anger management rehabilitation.

The court heard there was a physical confrontation between players during the second half of the match, played at a school in Wrexham, when Castle Park were losing.

Davies, who was supporting the Wrexham side, ran onto the pitch and punched Flint player Christopher Howie.

He suffered a bleeding wound above his eye which needed 17 stitches.

'Entirely wrong'

Prosecuting barrister Kim Halsall said Davies had earlier been heard shouting that he would knock the player's head off and was shouting aggressively before he ran away.

Defending barrister Andrew Green said the assault was limited to one punch and it was not as serious as it could have been.

The court heard Davies mistakenly believed that his friend was about to be seriously assaulted.

The judge, Mr Recorder Timothy Petts, said that players, clubs and football associations were entitled to expect spectators not to see themselves as enforcers if incidents broke out on the field.

"It was the entirely wrong thing to do," he said.

Davies was also ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work and pay £500 compensation to his victim, together with £750 prosecution costs.

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