|Man given football banning order on conviction, Wigan
A 43-year-old man from Doncaster has received a three-year football banning order following an incident before a football match in Wigan earlier this year.
Paul TIERNEY from Hollywell Lane in Doncaster received the order today, Tuesday 9 August 2005, after being found guilty of a Section 5 Public Order offence following a two-day trial at Wigan Magistrates' Court.
Tierney was on his way to the Wigan v Leeds match on Saturday 19 February 2005 when he got off the coach on Warrington Road in Wigan and began to urinate in front of members of the public. He continued to act in an inappropriate manner and became abusive towards officers when they warned him of his behaviour.
Tierney was subsequently arrested and charged and was sentenced at Wigan Magistrates Court today, where he was also fined £600 and ordered to pay £375 court costs.
As part of Tierney's banning order, he must not attend any football match within England and Wales for the next three years. He must also surrender his passport for any Leeds and England away games and report to his local police station.
Police Constable Gary BRYSON, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: "I hope today's result sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour at football matches and that individuals who cause trouble at games will be dealt with accordingly.
"Wigan Athletic move into the Premiership League next season and we will not allow individuals like Tierney to ruin it for genuine fans, who come to Wigan to enjoy the match."