PNE supporter gets five-year match ban after disorder between Preston and Wigan Athletic fans

A 25-year-old Preston North End supporter has been banned from attending professional football matches for five years following disorder between Preston and Wigan fans.

Wednesday, 14th August 2019, 2:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th August 2019, 3:25 pm
Five-year professional football match ban

Ryan Crewe, of Heatherfield Place, Preston, appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court where he was convicted of breaching the Public Order Act.

He was handed a five-year football banning order, as well as a community order of 100 hours, a 12-week suspended sentence, a £560 fine, plus a £115 victim surcharge.

The banning order prevents Crewe from attending any regulated football match in England and Wales and travelling to international matches over the next five years.

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It follows an incident on October 5 last year, following a match between Preston North End and Wigan Athletic at Deepdale.

Clashes broke out between rival supporters in the city centre after the match, with chairs from a nearby restaurant being thrown around the streets.

No injuries were reported.

PC Dan Fish, Lancashire Police’s Football Risk Management Officer, said: “The majority of people who attend football matches are law-abiding fans who want to watch a good match and enjoy the experience.

“However there is a minority intent on causing trouble and we will do everything in our power to stop them.

“We hope this banning order send a clear message that we will not tolerate violence, anti-social behaviour or disorder in Lancashire.

“Anyone who comes here and causes this type of disruption will be dealt with firmly and proportionately.”

Anyone with information or concerns about anti-social behaviour at a football match should speak to police officers or stewards at the ground, or ring 101.

The same fixture this season took place last Saturday and passed off peacefully.