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Four men guilty of football violence at Crystal Palace match where one man punched eagle mascot

PUBLISHED: 11:41 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 03 April 2017

Sam Donnegan, 25, Colin Kitto, 49, Daniel Boylett, 36, and Billy Cowcher, 32

Sam Donnegan, 25, Colin Kitto, 49, Daniel Boylett, 36, and Billy Cowcher, 32

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Sam Donnegan, 25, from Welling, Colin Kitto, 49, from Eltham, Daniel Boylett, 36, from Eltham, and Billy Cowcher, 32, from Eltham will be sentenced on April 28

Four men have been found guilty of football violence at Crystal Palace’s One cup against Charlton Athletic in September 2015.

All men pleaded guilty to their charges on March 31.

Colin Kitto, 49, of Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, was found guilty of committing violent disorder in Clifton Road, prior to the game. Daniel Boylett, 36, of Altash Way, Eltham, and Billy Cowcher, 32, of Glasbrook Road, Eltham, were also found guilty of violent disorder but in the ground at Selhurst Park, after fighting with stewards during the game. Boylett was also found guilty of criminal damage after punching Kayla, the eagle mascot used by Crystal Palace.

Sam Donnegan, 25, of Porthkerry Avenue, Welling, was found guilty of affray in Holmesdale Road, Croydon after the game. He was arrested after throwing weighted traffic cones towards Palace supporters.

All convictions took place on September 23.

A fifth man, Andrew McConville, 48, of silver Streak Way, Strood, was found not guilty of violent disorder.

Detective Sergeant Andy Collin from Croydon police said: “Violence amongst supporters has no place in football; be it before, during or after a match.

“These convictions show that anyone who chooses to engage in violence, will be pursued by officers, arrested and placed before the courts to answer for their behaviour.”

The convicted men were bailed for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court on April 28.

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