THREE-YEAR BAN for football hooligan after he assaulted police officer at Chesterfield match

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A hooligan has been given a three year football match ban for assaulting a police officer during a match between Chesterfield and Barnsley.

Rhys Atkinson, 23, of Mansfield Road, Barnsley, appeared before magistrates at Chesterfield Justice Centre yesterday (January 4) charged with the offence on Saturday, August 8 at the Chesterfield ground.

As well as the banning order, Atkinson was also given a fine of £216, a £21 victim surcharge, £620 costs and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the officer he assaulted.

PC Roger Brown, Football Intelligence Officer, said: “Atkinson’s behaviour at the game between Chesterfield and Barnsley has led to him being banned from all regulated football matches for three years.

“This means he will not be able to go to the Euro 2016 tournament in France, and must surrender his passport when England play abroad.

“I hope these sanctions act as a reminder to people that we will not tolerate violence and anti-social behaviour, whether it is football related or not.”