Football thug jailed over brawl outside Brighton pub

Posted On 01 Jul 2015 at 3:35 pm

A football fan was jailed for six months and four others were given suspended sentences and football banning orders after a brawl outside a Brighton pub.

The five visiting fans were sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (June 26) after the fight outside the Railway Bell, in Brighton, on Saturday 4 May 2013.

Ward Morgan, 27, of Goldthorn Hill, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, pleaded guilty to affray and assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH).

He was jailed for six months for both offences, with the sentences to run concurrently, making six months in total. He was also given a six-year football banning order.

Sukhraj Boparai, 24, of Copse Road, Dudley, Ricky Briffa, 26, of Trench Road, Telford, Jordan Hodkins, 19, of Wilson Road, Coseley, Dudley, and Ricky Bates, 28, of Marnel Drive, Wolverhampton, all pleaded guilty to affray.

They were each sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and given three-year football banning orders.

PC Darren Balkham, Surrey and Sussex force football Intelligence officer, said: “This was a joint investigation with colleagues from West Midlands Football Unit.

“This incident took place on a day Wolverhampton Wanderers were relegated from the championship.

“More than 2,000 Wolves fans attended the Amex with little or no incident of note.

“These men are not true fans of the team and didn’t portray the behaviour of the majority.

“These sentences reflect the seriousness of the incident and prevent them from attending games, including the European Championship in France this summer.”

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