Town fan banned from football grounds

AN Ipswich Town supporter is today banned from watching football for three years after he was abusive to club stewards. Darren Marsh was arrested near the entrance to the Portman Road stadium during the Blues' derby match against Norwich on April 13 after he shouted and swore at staff.

AN Ipswich Town supporter is today banned from watching football for three years after he was abusive to club stewards.

Darren Marsh was arrested near the entrance to the Portman Road stadium during the Blues' derby match against Norwich on April 13 after he shouted and swore at staff.

The 24-year-old, of Sandy Hill Lane, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court to a section five public order offence.

Justices imposed a three-year football banning order, which prohibits Marsh from attending any matches in the UK.


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He was also fined £120.

During the hearing, video evidence of Marsh's behaviour was shown to the court.

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A police spokesman today said: “Marsh was arrested outside the gates at Portman Road at 12.45pm on Sunday, April 13.

“He was being abusive to club stewards, using foul and abusive language.”

The defendant first appeared before magistrates on April 21.

Marsh's arrest was one of just a handful during a relatively peaceful derby.

What do you think of Marsh's punishment? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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