Two Chesterfield men face football ban after offence

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

Two Chesterfield men have pleaded guilty to public order offences after being involved in a clash between rival fans at a football match.

Reece Marr, 19, of Tennyson Avenue, Chesterfield, and Paul Riley, 51, of Grangewood Road, Chesterfield, both entered guilty pleas at North-East Derbyshire District and Dales Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The pair were charged after disorder broke out at a match between Chesterfield FC and Sheffield United, which took place on October 4 last year.

They were arrested after officers had carried out surveillance during the game.

Chief Inspector Brian McKeown, who was the police commander at the fixture, said: “Football-related disorder of any kind will not be tolerated and we work closely with clubs and other police forces to identify anyone involved and bring them to justice.”

Both Marr and Riley are due to be sentenced at the Magistrates’ Court in May and have been granted conditional bail. The pair’s bail condition prohibits them from attending any regulated football match in the UK until sentencing.

The match ban was issued to the men after they were charged last year, and was extended to the new trial date in May, where magistrates will consider issuing them with a Football Banning Order.

Marr and Riley were warned that should they break their bail conditions, they will be arrested and taken back to court.