BLADES: Sheffield United brawlers escape jail term

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Two Sheffield United fans involved in a fight following a football match at Wirral’s Tranmere Rovers’ ground, have appeared in court.

Peter Van Hudson, 45, of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross, was slapped with his second football banning order and both he and fellow supporter Paul Longmore, 53, were given 12 month community orders and ordered to pay £250 costs.

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Sentencing them Judge Stephen Clarke said: “One of the great pleasures of life is to support your local club, it brings undoubted pleasure to many, many people through good times and bad.

“Violence before or after the match is capable of ruining the whole process for everybody.”

Liverpool Crown Court heard the incident happened at 5pm August 20 last year, when there were shoppers with children in the area.

CCTV footage played to the court showed Longmore, of Studley Close, Dronfield, Derbyshire, approach a group of Tranmere fans after they goaded him and punch one of them in the face.

He was punched back, causing him to fall to the floor and Van Hudson joined in kicking and punching a 17-year-old youth.

Robert Dudley, prosecuting, said the trio were among seven men arrested following the incident and four others had already been dealt with.

The Sheffield United fans both admitted affray along with Tranmere fan Leslie McCoy.

Kevin Jones, defending Longmore said he was a hard working man who had acted out of character and had been travelling to football games for 40 years without trouble.

Robert Smith, defending Van Hudson said he had been acting in self-defence of another.