Abu­sive soc­cer fan is left ‘gut­ted’ by three-year ban

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

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”

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