Chelsea supporters who let off smoke bombs at Liverpool banned for three years

Chelsea fans are seen celebrating their equaliser in the 1-1 draw

Chelsea fans are seen celebrating their equaliser in the 1-1 draw

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Two Chelsea supporters who left off smoke cannisters during last month's match with Liverpool at Anfield have been given lengthy football banning orders.

The fans - John McCulloch, from Ruislip and Charles Orchard, of Chiswick, were caught following analysis by the club’s CCTV operators, alongside Merseyside Police, of footage captured during the 1-1 draw.

McCulloch and Orchard appeared at South Sefton Magistrates and were given three-year banning orders and each now has a criminal record. 

Both men are now forbidden from attending any football matches in the UK during the terms of their ban, and must surrender their travel documents if asked by police when "regulated football matches" are played outside the UK.

McCulloch and Orchard may face jail if they fail to obey the conditions of the order.

Chief superintendent Dave Charnock, head of Merseyside Police's Football Unit, said: "This was a dangerous incident which could have had serious consequences and a potential for serious injury at an otherwise trouble-free event. 

"We recognise that the majority of supporters are well behaved. However, there are a small minority who put themselves and others in danger by lighting such items inside a stadium, and we will always work with clubs to identify those people and put them before the courts. 

"We will continue to work closely with all of our local clubs to make matches safe and enjoyable occasions for everyone.”