Football fan faces jail

A FOOTBALL fan who punched a rival supporter three times is facing the threat of jail today.Dad-of-two Trevor Green turned violent during a night of shame for Ipswich Town when fans ran riot following defeat to Watford.

A FOOTBALL fan who punched a rival supporter three times is facing the threat of jail today.

Dad-of-two Trevor Green turned violent during a night of shame for Ipswich Town when fans ran riot following defeat to Watford.

Blues supporter Green, an engineer for BT, of Blickling Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to affray and admitted attacking Watford fan Geoffrey Bonsor.

Green, 28, had to be pulled off Mr Bonsor by his father and is now facing a possible prison sentence and a ban from football matches.


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South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that the violence had taken place at the corner of Portman Road and Sir Alf Ramsey Way after the Blues 2-1 defeat.

Neil Saunders, mitigating, said Green had struck out because he thought he heard a rude comment about his mother.

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He said: “He agreed he pushed Mr Bonsor and he punched him three times as he was going to the ground. Mr Green's father pulled him off.

“He has got absolutely no idea why he reacted in this fashion. It is totally out of character.

“His family are shocked, he is shocked. He knows he is going to be punished.”

Green, who has worked for BT for eight years, is the second football yob to appear in court as a result of the nasty scenes of violence which erupted after the game on February 9.

Earlier this month Blues fan Robert Reed, 30, of Malvern Close, Ipswich, was banned from going to football matches for the next three years after admitting threatening an opposition supporter.

Green also faces a similar banning order when he is sentenced next month and magistrates have not ruled out a custodial sentence as punishment.

Does more need to be done to stamp out football violence? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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