A grinning Derby County pitch invader has been banned from every football stadium in the UK for five years.
Collum Stone ran onto the Pride Park pitch during the 80th minute of the Rams' clash against Queen's Park Rangers in November.
The 18-year-old, of Monmouth Drive, Derby, pleaded guilty to pitch encroachment when he appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court today.
Marianne Connally, prosecuting, told the court that Stone was on the pitch for around 20 seconds before a “small struggle” took place between him and the stewards.
She said that when he was restrained by stewards, he was taken out of the premises and was arrested then charged by police.
Then 24 hours after the incident, Stone was banned for three years by Derby County Football Club.
Miss Connally added that in light of recent security measures in the UK, it was important that a football banning order of at least three years was made.
Stone, who was not represented, spoke very little in court and when asked if he had any thoughts and feelings about his actions, he replied “no”.
Chairman of the Bench, David Loydall, took note of Stone’s attitude during court.
He said: “In light of your actions on the pitch and your actions in court, I think a ban of five years is suitable.
“I think the attitude you have displayed here and on the pitch mean you should stay away from football for quite a while.
“But you don’t really give a damn, do you?”
Stone was handed a five-year football banning order which relates to every club in the UK.
He was ordered fined £120 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.
After the sentencing, Allan Guy from Derbyshire Police Football Unit said he believed the court’s decision sent a message that this sort of behaviour would not be tolerated.
He said: “This decision shows positive action and that behaviour should not take place ever again.
“I thank the courts for their decision and hopefully this will send a message.”
A spokesperson for Derby County said: “Derby County welcomes the swift and decisive punishment meted out in this matter.
"It sends out a clear signal that encroachment onto the pitch will not be tolerated. This sentence also backs our immediate three-year ban imposed with 24 hours of the incident.”
First published www.derbytelegraph.co.uk by Christopher Harpert 02 Jan 2018.