Away fan got good kick­ing for mad goal cel­e­bra­tion

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A FOOT­BALL fan was bat­tered by up to 20 ri­val sup­port­ers af­ter jump­ing up to cel­e­brate a goal in the “wrong” end, Bris­tol Crown Court heard.

Leeds fan Dar­ren Pri­aulx, 27, was among the Bris­tol City faith­ful at Ash­ton Gate when his beloved United scored and he punched the air with joy.

Op­pos­ing fans chanted “Leeds scum” and at­tacked him.

He had to be es­corted from the ground with cuts, bruises and a ripped shirt.

Christopher Moore, 47, of Whitchurch, Kevin Naish, 31, of Kingswood, Neil Grey, 32, of We­ston-su­perMare, and Paul Stitt, 47, of Whitchurch, deny vi­o­lent dis­or­der in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

Fans Lee Charl­ton and Dean El­lis have al­ready pleaded guilty to the same charge.

When Mr Pri­aulx cheered Leeds’ open­ing goal af­ter 17 min­utes, City fans sur­rounded him then punched and kicked him down the steps of the stand and stew­ards had to bat­tle to keep them away.

Pros­e­cu­tor Stephen Dent said: “Dar­ren Pri­aulx, he ad­mits rather fool­ishly, leapt from his seat to cel­e­brate.”

The case con­tin­ues.

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