Man banned from football games for 6 years after punching fan in the face

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By: Tanya Malhotra 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after punching a football fan in the face during an argument, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the man who attacked the rival football fan, had been handed a 6-year football banning order, meaning that he cannot attend a football game in the country.

41-year-old Christopher Lynch of Dalesforth Street in Sutton, Ashfield, was handed the banning order at the Nottingham Magistrate’s Court.

The court heard how Lynch had been walking through the Nottingham railway station with a group of friends following the Nottingham Forest v Sheffield match on Saturday.

He became involved in a verbal altercation with a fan, who was on his own, on platform one. Lynch punched him in the head a number of times.

A police officer who was on duty at the station, witnessed the assault, intervened and arrested Lynch.

Lynch pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced to a six-year football banning order, and ordered to pay 315 pounds ($476) in compensation to the victim, and court costs.

Under the terms of the ban, Lynch must not enter any premises in which football is being played in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He may also be required to surrender his passport when matches involving British sides are being played outside the country.