A football hooligan has been given a banning order for hurling abuse at home fans during the Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton match last month.
Jonathan Coombs, 28, of Olive Road, Southampton, was given a Three-year football banning order by District Judge Tessa Szagun at Brighton Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday 30 November).
Southampton fan Coombs, who turns 29 tomorrow, pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
His team played Albion on Sunday 29 October, and at 7.30am that morning, he posted a picture of himself in a Southampton shirt captioned: “Off see saints with some good pals let’s have it bring home 3 points.”
But as Coombs was in the away supporters’ section of the ground, he was heard shouting abuse at Brighton fans.
He was ejected from the stadium and arrested.
The match resulted in a 1-1 draw, earning each side a point.
This is the second banning order to have been issued following disorder before and during this match.
Last week Albion supporter Steven Taylor was given a banning order after chucking his pint over a Southampton fan in Queen’s Road, Brighton.