A man has received a four year football banning order after he threw a plastic bottle onto the pitch, hitting a player, during the Everton v Aston Villa game at Goodison Park earlier this year.
Roger Tweedle, aged 19, of Walton appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court yesterday, Thursday 24 March, and was found guilty of throwing missiles onto a football pitch and section 39 assault.
He was issued with a four-year Football Banning Order, preventing him from attending any regulated football matches during that time.
Tweedle further received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay a fine and court costs.
At the game on Saturday 22 January, Tweedle threw the bottle from the Bullens Stand and hit an Aston Villa player on the head.
He was swiftly arrested by police and charged the following day.
Match Commander, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Paul White said, “Such behaviour at sporting events will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and working closely with clubs, we are doing all we can to eradicate such behaviour.
“Players should not have to tolerate any items being thrown towards them or onto the pitch. It endangers players, spectators, fans and officials and the consequences are potentially catastrophic.
“We work closely with the management and staff from Everton FC and this outcome was made possible by the diligence of officers and stewards on duty at this game.
“Tweedle will now have a criminal record and the consequences of this in the future could prove to be significant.
“I would also like to warn anyone thinking about engaging in this type of behaviour that we will pursue all such incidents until offenders are brought to justice. It is vital that anyone who witnesses such offences reports them to police.
“We would also encourage any members of the community with information to speak with officers or stewards at the ground, or to call 101. Anyone with information who does not wish to speak with us directly can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”