Away fan got good kicking for mad goal celebration
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.