Huddersfield Town ban play-off football thugs for life from Galpharm

THE family of football thugs who marred Huddersfield Town's play-off final at Old Trafford have been banned from watching the club at the Galpharm for life.

L to R: Joel, Jotham, Jordan and Paul Barnett



THE family of football thugs who marred Huddersfield Town's play-off final at Old Trafford have been banned from watching the club at the Galpharm for life.

Paul Barnett, 47, Jotham Barnett, 20, and Joel Barnett, 21, all of Chaster Street, Batley and Jordan Barnett, 29, of West Park Road, Batley, all admitted affray at Minshull Crown Court in Manchester last week.

The charges related to trouble at the showpiece event on May 29 this year when towards the end of the match Jotham Barnett repeatedly assaulted a spectator while Jordan, Paul and Joel could be seen on CCTV pushing and grabbing other fans.

Stewards attempted to stop the disorder but were assaulted by the men. Both suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Responding police officers were also assaulted.


Jordan was jailed for 21 months, Jotham and Paul for 18 months and Joel for a total of 16 months.


Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens said: "Our records show that all those convicted have minimal affiliation with Huddersfield Town; they have only purchased tickets to our games very rarely.


"Despite this, they were at our game and they are unfortunately seen as 'Town fans'. A showpiece occasion that should have been about our fans enjoying their day together was marred by this sickening attack.


"Our Chairman Dean Hoyle and I watched in horror, like thousands more as the attack unfolded. We were very worried indeed about the victims.


"Following the verdict, we immediately took the decision to ban them all for life from all Huddersfield Town games at the stadium."

Chairman Dean Hoyle added: "I will not tolerate behaviour like this. There is no place for violence like this, whether connected with Huddersfield Town or either inside or outside football.


"Everybody knows our values and what Huddersfield Town is all about. Banning these people sends a strong message and it is the right thing to do - simple."

 

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