Arsenal fans banned from the Emirates Stadium and all football after refusing to sit down
PUBLISHED: 17:58 02 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:19 03 April 2012
Two Arsenal fan brothers will not be visiting the Emirates Stadium any time soon after they were banned in the courts after refusing to sit down.
Hot-tempered Gooners James and Colin Hogan have been barred from all football matches for a total of eight years after matters spiralled out of control during the Arsenal versus Man City match on November 29, 2011.
The pair got hauled out of the stands after getting angry and causing a rumpus when stewards told them they couldn’t keep standing.
Police had to jump in to restrain them, but they resisted arrest.
Pc Lucy McAuley, of Islington Police’s football intelligence unit, speaking after the sentencing, said: “It started off very minor. A steward had to have a word with them for standing up and they reacted very badly and became abusive.
“In the bar area, James became very aggressive towards a police officer. He had to be restrained by several officers.
“It didn’t have to happen, it was as simple as persistent standing. They did not take kindly to being told to sit and it spiralled into something from there. They have no one to blame but themselves.”
James, 34, of Thirlmere Gardens, Northwood, was banned from all football matches for five years after being found guilty of two public order offences at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on March 19, for abusive behaviour and causing fear of violence. He was told to pay out a total of £665 in fines and other charges.
Brother Colin, 33, also of Thirlmere Gardens, was convicted of one count of abusive behaviour, but he was cleared of a second charge, relating to causing fear of violence. He was barred from attending football games for three years and handed a bill of £465. Both men denied the all charges they faced.
Pc McAuley added: “The football ban should send a clear message that police will not tolerate disruptive behaviour, before, during or after any matches.”