Fans banned for disorder

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FOOTBALL club bosses have banned four fans from attending games after they fought with rival supporters.

Darlington Football Club took the action following a spat at Billingham Town earlier this month.

The Northern League game, at Billingham’s Bedford Terrace ground, was delayed for 10 minutes when the fight erupted.

Police were called to the incident but no-one was arrested and the game was re-started with Darlington going on to win 7-1.

Darlington club chiefs condemned the actions of the yobbish fans involved and pledged not to let the disorder damage its reputation.

And it has now emerged that they have dealt out a number of bans to four fans involved in the incident.

A statement on Darlington FC’s website reads: “Following the disturbance at the Billingham Town v Darlington 1883 fixture on Saturday, October 6th, the club commenced an inquiry into the incident.

“As a result the club has been able to identify a number of persons involved.

“They have been served with club bans for the remainder of the 2012 to 2013 season.

“Darlington 1883 Football Club is a community based organisation which aims to create a family friendly environment at all its game.

“We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will work closely with our supporters, other clubs and outside agencies to eradicate these incidents.”