Fan who ran onto pitch to celebrate Man Utd win is banned from football for years

A FAN who ran onto the pitch to celebrate Manchester United's win has been BANNED from football matches for years.

Dex Lewis, 29, charged onto the pitch during United’s Champions League victory against Atalanta in October this year – but now he's been barred from attending matches for three years.

He was caught and arrested by officers assisting with crowd control following Man Utd's stunning 3-2 win against the Italian team.

Appearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Lewis, of Newport pleaded
guilty to an offence of going onto an area adjacent to a playing area.

He was fined £230 and ordered to pay £119 court costs.

The offence states: “On October 10 2021 at Trafford,
at a designated football match held at Old Trafford Stadium, without
lawful authority or lawful excuse, went onto an area adjacent to the
playing area to which spectators were not generally admitted.”

This is contrary to sections 4 and 5 of the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

Sentencing him, JP Mr Ronald Marshall said: “It’s a criminal offence
to encroach onto a pitch.

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“There are a number of signs around every football stadium that if you
do you might be taken to court – whatever the reason is.”

Lewis, of Chepstow Road, was handed a £230 fine, £34 victim surcharge
and court costs of £85.

He must pay the sums back at £100 a month.

He was also made the subject of a football banning order for three years.

“You are not to enter any stadium or attend any football matches in
the UK,” Mr Marshall said.

“On occasions where matches are likely to go abroad, you must go to
Newport police station and surrender your travel documents.”

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