A Leeds United supporter, who assaulted the manager of Newcastle United during their match at Elland Road, has been sentenced to prison and handed a six-year ban from football matches.
David Derbyshire, aged 35, residing on Marley Street, Beeston, received a 12-week custodial term from a district judge during his appearance at Leeds Magistrates Court today.
During a hearing on July 21, he admitted to charges of unlawfully entering the playing area at a designated football match and committing common assault against Eddie Howe during extra time at Elland Road on May 13 this year.
The court was informed that in the 93rd minute, Derbyshire left his seat, approached the Newcastle dugout, and engaged in a verbal altercation with Mr. Howe before pushing his left shoulder.
He was swiftly apprehended by the club’s security personnel and detained by officers from the West Yorkshire Police. The incident was broadcast live on national television.
In addition to his prison sentence and banning order, Derbyshire has also been prohibited from entering Elland Road for life by Leeds United.
Chief Superintendent Richard Close, who led the policing operation at the match, said: “Criminal behaviour of this kind is completely unacceptable, particularly where club staff or players are targeted during a large-scale sports event such as this. I know that fans of the sport, regardless of their club affiliations, will join us in condemning anyone who acts in this way.
“We will always treat incidents like this very seriously and we work closely with Leeds United and visiting clubs to fully investigate any offences and take robust action against those responsible, including seeking football banning orders against them.”