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Three-year ban for Burnley fan who fought Bolton Wanderers supporter
A BURNLEY fan who had a fight with a Bolton Wanderers supporter after a game at Turf Moor has been given a three-year football banning order.
Student Calum Crummett, 18, was said to have been defending himself against the rival fan when he was involved in the violence on Tesco’s car park as families went shopping.
He had been part of a ‘very large, unruly group’ outside the supermarket and the public had been put in fear, Burnley magistrates were told.
Crummett, who studies at Burnley College, surrendered to police immediately when officers arrived, going forward with his hands up.
The defendant, of Bramley Avenue, Burnley, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on Saturday, August 3.
He was fined £70, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. Crummett had no previous convictions, but had a fixed penalty for being drunk and disorderly from the Clarets' match against Blackburn in March.
The hearing was told police were escorting the away fans from Turf Moor up Centenary Way to Manchester Road train station.
Sara Lyle, for Crummett, said Bolton fans ran off in different directions and officers were trying to control them.
The defendant had left the game with two friends and was minding his own business, heading towards Tesco to go in the store.
When he got there, the Bolton fans had run onto the car park, were ‘being rowdy and were looking for trouble’.
Miss Lyle said Crummett defended himself to the point where he ended up in a fight.
She said: “The mistake he has made is he has not walked away. He has not run away.”
She said the defendant was about to start the second year of his A-levels and worked part-time.
Alex Mann, prosecuting, told the court when Crummett was questioned by police, he said he was being egged on by other supporters and accepted he retaliated and was swinging punches towards somebody.
He had two fixed penalties for being drunk and disorderly.
She said: “The police point out the defendant has a marker next to his name as being involved in football violence in the past.”
The bench chairman told Crummett his judgement had been clouded and he had also shown poor judgement at the Burnley v Blackburn game.
He said: “You seem quite a fine young man and this moment of stupidity has now given you a criminal record.”
A spokesman for Burnley Football Club said: “Because the incident in question didn’t happen on our ground, it was dealt with as a police matter and we were unaware it had happened.
“Our police intelligence officer has been informed about it and is now looking into the case.”