Fans fined for football disorder

FOUR football fans have been fined for their disorderly conduct at last month's derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

FOUR football fans have been fined for their disorderly conduct at last month's derby match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

Magistrates held back on imposing football banning orders on Thomas Pryke, Aaron Osman, David Osman and Andrew Flory, who were all at the game supporting Ipswich.

Flory, 43, pleaded guilty to being drunk in a sports ground while Pryke, 26, and the Osman brothers admitted using threatening words or behaviour in a public place.

The four were handled separately at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court and were each fined for their actions and ordered to pay court costs.

The court heard that Flory, of Kerry Avenue, had been pointed out to police by stewards as he “swayed” at the top of a set of steps on the South Stand of Portman Road.

Apparently drunk, he became abusive as he was escorted from the ground, but later apologised to police officers.

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He was fined �200 plus costs and told the court he had got “caught up in the moment” and promised it would not happen again.

Aaron Osman, 25, of Wicklow Road, and his brother David, 35, of Riverside Road, both admitted swearing and shouting at officers during the match.

They were also given �200 fines and were ordered to pay costs.

The court heard that Pryke, of La Salle Close, had become abusive to a police dog handler as police escorted past about 1,000 Norwich fans to the train station.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and told the court: “I'm not a thug or a hooligan and I don't wish to be tarred with that brush.”

He was fined �160 and ordered to pay �60 costs and a �15 victim surcharge.