Drunk fans in court

FIVE Cardiff City fans charged with arriving at Ipswich's Portman Road ground drunk are today facing the consequences of their actions.The men were stopped by police as they attempted to enter the ground before Saturday's home game against Cardiff City.

FIVE Cardiff City fans charged with arriving at Ipswich's Portman Road ground drunk are today facing the consequences of their actions.

The men were stopped by police as they attempted to enter the ground before Saturday's home game against Cardiff City.

Neal Davies, 41, of Caerphilly, Stephen Daw, 42, of Tonypandy , Mike Evans, 43, of Gloucester, Darren Lane, 25, of Cardiff, and William Warren, 44, of Cardiff, all appeared in front of Ipswich magistrates on Thursday charged with being drunk while trying to enter a designated sports ground during a sporting event.

The court heard how Evans, a Cardiff City season ticket holder, had been stopped by police as he attempted to enter the Portman Road ground.

They also heard he had been cautioned by police for a similar incident in Gloucester earlier in the year.

Magistrates ordered him to pay a £50 fine, £43 costs and issued him with a three year football banning order, preventing him from attending any regulated football match in England or Wales.

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Lane also admitted the charge of being drunk while attempting to enter the ground.

The court heard he had consumed four pints of lager while travelling up to the game on a bus with fellow Cardiff City supporters, before attempting to watch the Ipswich game.

He was ordered to pay a £130 fine and £50 costs.

Davies and Daw denied the charges against them. A date for their trial will be determined by magistrates on September 23.

Warren denied the charge of attempting to enter the Portman Road ground while drunk. He also denied a separate charge of possessing cannabis.

He will be tried for both of the offences at the same time. A date will be set by magistrates on September 23.

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