Abusive soccer fan is left ‘gutted’ by three-year ban
AFOOTBALL fan has been banned from every football ground in England and Wales for three years.
Joe Tobias Ellwood, 25, verbally abused Wrexham fans after Macclesfield Town FC’s 2-2 draw at home on April 6.
Ellwood, of Moss Lane, Macclesfield, admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress at Macclesfield magistrates’ court.
Ellwood was arrested following the game as he left the Moss Rose stadium after Silkmen fans and Wrexham fans had taunted each other.
Speaking after the hearing, Ellwood said he was ‘gutted’ by the punishment and insists he is not a troublemaker.
He said: “I’ve been going to games since I can remember.
“I am a massive Macc Town fan.
“I go to every home game and quite a few away matches. It’s a big part of my life.
“I’m gutted that been banned.
“Imagine how it feels to have something you love taken away from you. “I am not a thug. “I think that banning someone for three years is too long.
“Macc Town could be about to be promoted to the Championship by the time I see them again.
“I have to sit at home and watch it on the TV
I’ve instead.” He said: “It was after the Wrexham match and I was with my mates walking and there were some Wrexham fans across the road.
“Both sets of fans were giving it some banter. “It wasn’t that bad. “I decided that I would back off a bit because I’ve been in trouble before.”
Ellwood said it was then he was arrested.
Sgt Carl Capewell, sports and events planning liaison officer for Cheshire Police, said: “The football banning order handed to Ellwood extends to any football match in the UK as well as England international matches.
“He also will not be able to visit a prescribed area when Macclesfield play at home, four hours before and four hours after kick-off, nor will he be able to attend any town or parish where Macclesfield play an away game.
“The sort of behaviour displayed by Ellwood will not be tolerated at games within Cheshire.
“I hope this sends a message that anyone who commits this sort of offence will be dealt with robustly.”
“Imagine how it feels to have something you love taken away from you”