Men admit pitch invasion stunt

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Three men have admitted to a pitch invasion stunt which forced a Tottenham match to be temporarily halted last month.

Nathaniel Thompson, 23, Helder Gomes, 22, and Daniel Jarvis, 26, were arrested after bizarre scenes during Spurs’ Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on November 27.

The match had to be suspended shortly before half-time after the men ran on to the pitch at the north London club, one after the other.

Gomes and Thompson were detained by stewards and Jarvis was tackled on the White Hart Lane pitch by a player.

All three men pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court to a charge of going on to a playing field without a lawful excuse or authority.

Although they were all wearing BassBuds T-shirts, the court heard that the stunt was not sanctioned by the headphone manufacturer.

Rather, defence lawyer Altaf Mohammed said, the trio were handing out headphones to crowds outside the match as part of a promotion.

They were given tickets to the game and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to storm the pitch.

“They were basically doing voluntary work – it’s only once they entered the stadium that they decided to do what they did,” he said.

He added that all three were “ashamed” of their behaviour.

The men must pay £155 each and will be subject to football banning orders for three years, meaning they will not be able to attend games in England or Wales until 2018.

They can apply to have these orders lifted after two years.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Our justic system is pathetic and how did they only decide to do it once in the ground? They were separated strategically around the stadium and had someone videoing it and stayed before hand they were going to do it.

  2. Spurs should pursue civil actions against these morons to recover the cost of the fine Spurs received. They weren't ashamed – it was all pre-planned hence its on a website where they were filmed boasting about what they were about to do before hand- and they claimed to be gooners so even worse. If Spurs don't make an example of them by hitting their pockets rather than a pathetic £145 fine, others will copy them.

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