Leeds fan fined and banned after attack at Brighton match

Posted On 29 Apr 2015 at 4:32 pm

A Leeds United fan has been banned from going to football matches for three years after attacking another man and resisting arrest at a Brighton and Hove Albion game.

Jamie Gagg, 20, a refuse worker, of Drill Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire, attacked Oliver Heaton at the American Express Community Stadium at Falmer on Tuesday 24 February, when Albion beat Leeds 2-0.

When PC Alex Rush stepped in, Gagg resisted arrest.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court he pleaded guilty to assault by beating and obstructing or resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

Gagg was fined £85 for assault and £170 for resisting arrest. He was ordered to pay £150 compensation to Mr Heaton, a victim surcharge of £20 and prosecution costs of £85, making £510 in total. And he was given a three-year football order.

Sussex Police football liaison officer PC Darren Balkham said: “Thankfully, incidents of this nature are few and far between at the Albion.

“We work closely with the club, their security team and visiting clubs and supporters’ organisations to ensure that a visit to football at the Amex is a pleasurable and safe experience for everyone.

“Gagg stepped out of line and has been rightfully punished. As a result of his actions, he won’t be enjoying football matches for the next three years.”

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