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Brentford FC statement - Club Bans issued

Supporters banned after court hearings

26 November 2019

Brentford FC have issued Club bans to six people convicted of affray after a pre-arranged fight last summer. The Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people after footage emerged of an incident between people purporting to be supporters of Brentford and Millwall. The case went to court and all have now been convicted.

Six people linked to Brentford FC were convicted earlier this month after changing a not guilty plea to admit the offence. Six people with links to Millwall had already admitted affray and have also been convicted and sentenced. Brentford have issued the six with one-year Club banning orders from attending matches. They will also have to contact the Club before they are allowed to attend games again.

As well as the Club bans, all six were sentenced by the courts after the incident in August 2018. Two were given suspended prison sentences, and all will have to undertake community work and pay fines.

Jon Varney, Brentford FC Chief Executive, said: “This is a very serious matter and we were very clear that these people should receive Club bans once they were convicted. We do not want people inside our stadium who take part in behaviour not in keeping with our values and we have already had cause to take action against five of these six men before. They will not see our last games at Griffin Park or the first in our new stadium and I hope that sends out a strong message to all our fans.”

Three other men purporting to be Brentford fans have been given Football Banning Orders by the courts after an incident in Wales earlier this year. One has been given a suspended prison sentence and a five-year ban while two others have been given community orders and three-year bans. They may be subject to further action from the Club at the end of these bans.

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