Blackburn Rovers fan given football banning order following derby

Turf Moor.
Turf Moor.

A Blackburn Rovers supporter who damaged a seat during the club’s recent derby match with rivals Burnley has been slapped with a football banning order for three years.

Construction worker Matthew Clitheroe (27) from St Hubert’s Street, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to the damage caused at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium when he appeared at Burnley Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) told the court that Clitheroe was spotted by a steward kicking the wooden seat in the away supporters stand following Burnley’s first goal in the game on September 14th.

He added: “He ignored the steward, who said he was drunk and started chanting.”

Miss Jasmine Basnyet (defending) said her client had been “caught up in the emotion of the game”.

She said: “His actions were an impassioned response to what was happening in the game. He didn’t mean to cause any damage.”

Magistrates fined Clitheroe £265 with a £26.50 victim surcharge, ordered him to pay £85 costs and £80 compensation to Burnley Football Club.

He was also given a three year football banning order.

The chairman of the bench said: “This was a reckless act in a volatile situation.”