Ipswich Town fan Sam De Larue banned from every football ground in the country - and all England matches - for three years
PUBLISHED: 20:02 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 23:12 05 April 2017
An Ipswich Town fan has been banned from every football ground in the country and all England internationals for the next three years.
Sam De Larue, 23, of Rawlings Crescent, Colchester, was handed a Football Banning Order at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court today after he was convicted of using threatening behaviour and being drunk and disorderly at the Ipswich versus Nottingham Forest match on November 19 last year.
The order means De Larue must hand his passport to police in Colchester in the run up to any England international match overseas and must not come within two miles of Portman Road or Carrow Road, four hours either side of kick-off on match days.
As evidence for issuing the order, the court was shown a video of De Larue involved in clashes with rival fans at UEFA Euro 2016 at Marseille in France.
The video showed him throwing a missile and goading fans among the chaos and sounds of smashing glass and bottles.
Police Constable Ian Rowland, Suffolk police’s dedicated football officer, said De Larue had been on their radar for some time including an incident where he set off a smoke bomb in a crowd of Town fans at an away game in Norwich.
“I believe the defendant has demonstrated he is likely to be involved in football-related disorder and violence,” he said. “The footage speaks for itself.”
Handing De Larue the ban, presiding magistrate, Cynthia Glinos, said: “It was a compelling and cogent case put forward by PC Rowland and the video evidence.”
Following sentencing, PC Rowland said he was pleased De Larue had been given the ban but said it is rare for a ban to be necessary for Ipswich supporters.
“These orders are quite draconian and strong but most people adhere to them,” he said. “It is sad really as it stands out with Ipswich Town because we are a quiet club.
“It is a nice family club and the supporters, despite what is happening on the pitch, are well-behaved. Everyone loves match day, putting on your colours and having a sing but it doesn’t have to end in disorder and violence,”
De Larue was handed a 12-month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work for the threatening behaviour offence and a £50 fine for being drunk and disorderly.
He was also made to pay costs of £200 and an £85 victim surcharge.