A FOOTBALL yob has been banned from attending all UK league games for three years for a series of disgraceful antics.
Police successfully sought the order against Kevin Brackstone, 29, after he abused rival fans on three separate occasions.
He must hand in his passport to police whenever England play abroad, and not set foot inside an exclusion zone in Hartlepool town centre and marina or near Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park ground when Pools are at home.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard how Brackstone arrived drunk with other known troublemakers at Doncaster when Pools played Rovers away on March 2.
Detective Constable Jamie Smith, of Cleveland Police’s Football Banning Order Unit, said: “Before the game he came to the attention of police on several occasions. He was abusing and threatening Doncaster supporters and members of the public as they walked past various pubs.”
Brackstone was warned by police about his behaviour but he was abusive again on the train journey home and was arrested by British Transport Police for a public order offence.
On February 2, Brackstone was seen on the fringes when violence broke out between Hartlepool and Sunderland fans in Victoria Road.
Pools were playing Notts County at home that day but police say a number of Sunderland fans arrived in town and clashed with Hartlepool supporters.
Although not directly involved in the violence, Brackstone was seen making rude gestures and encouraging people to fight.
The third incident was on September 8 last year when Brackstone, of Alderson Street, Hartlepool, was seen shouting at and abusing visiting Carlisle United fans in Church Street.
He did not oppose the banning order, which prevents him attending any league game from the Premier League to the Conference.
Det Con Smith added: “Cleveland Police and Hartlepool United work closely together and don’t tolerate any violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour at football matches whether home or away. We seek to remove those that engage in that so everyone else who goes to games can enjoy them.”
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