A man who tossed an e-cigarette onto the pitch during a Leeds United match has been issued a three-year Football Banning Order.
On 23rd September, Daniel Bull threw the object onto the field of play during the match against Watford at Elland Road. It landed in the penalty area, near the referee and players, after Leeds were denied a penalty kick.
The referee had to step back to avoid it. He then picked up the item.
CCTV footage clearly captured Bull throwing the e-cigarette.
Appearing before magistrates in Leeds on 1st November, Bull, residing on Woodall Lane, Harthill, South Yorkshire, was instructed to pay a £90 fine, £85 in costs, a £56 surcharge, and was given a three-year Football Banning Order. He was also fined an additional £50 for failing to appear in court in October.
Speaking after the sentencing, Chief Superintendent Russell Hughes, who led the policing operation at the match, said: “Criminal behaviour like this is completely unacceptable and poses a significant risk of injury to match officials and players.
“West Yorkshire Police will always treat incidents like this very seriously. We work closely with Leeds United and visiting clubs to fully investigate any offences committed and we will also take robust action against those responsible, including seeking Football Banning Orders against them.”