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Football fans’ match bans are lifted following jail spell

PUBLISHED: 11:05 09 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 25 August 2010

THREE Charlton Athletic football fans will be allowed to go and see their team play again, after top judges lifted their six-year match bans today.

THREE Charlton Athletic football fans will be allowed to go and see their team play again, after top judges lifted their six-year match bans today.

Joseph Geodhart, 22, of Rembrandt Road, Lewisham; Stephen George Lyons, 51, of Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead and Daniel Stephen Boylett, 27, of Rochester Way, Eltham, all had their football banning orders quashed at London's Criminal Appeal Court on Monday.

The trio had admitted their involvement in a violent clash between Charlton and Northampton Town fans following an FA Cup match in January 2006.

The two teams had not played each other - there had been several matches in London that day - but a fight broke out in Caledonian Road, near King's Cross station, as assorted groups of fans were massing around the area, some of them waiting for trains.

The three Charlton supporters all admitted violent disorder at the Inner London Crown Court in July 2007 and were sentenced to 12 months behind bars - as well as being banned from attending any football matches for the next six years.

Recorder Peter Herbert, sentencing, said at the time that he deemed the offence 'to be fuelled by drink, football-related and pre-planned' and that neither 'society nor football deserved to witness such violence'.

But Mr Justice Openshaw, sitting with Lord Justice Dyson and Mr Justice Henriques ruled it was "inevitable" the banning orders must be quashed in the light of an Appeal Court ruling earlier this year in relation to two Northampton Town fans.

At that hearing, Lord Justice Moore-Bick had ruled the fight had "nothing to do with the football match that the people had previously attended" and, as the violence was not "football related", the banning orders were inappropriate.

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