Seven hooligans involved in a fierce brawl with Ajax fans outside a Manchester bar have been banned from football grounds for three years.
Violence erupted outside The Binary, Castlefield, moments before Manchester United’s Europa League tie with the Dutch club last February – tables were thrown over, windows were smashed and fireworks were thrown.
Police arrested 15 fans as rival supporters clashed, the fixture’s previous tie in Amsterdam resulted in more than 140 arrests.
The following men have all been slapped with football banning orders after a catalogue of evidence was shown to the court: Anthony Robinson, 42, from Huddersfield, Patrick Euston, 39, from Bury, Andrew Hill, 28, from Bamber Bridge, Mark Green, 39, from Northern Moor, Mark Knott, 49 from Urmston, Manchester, Dean Clark, 39, from Oldham, Michael Lewis, 26 from Denton.
PC Ashley Keyte, from Greater Manchester Police’s Force Events Section, said: “We do not consider these men to be football fans as to do so would be a slur on the vast majority of decent supporters who go to games and behave impeccably week-in week-out.
“Football related violence has no part in modern society, yet some mindless individuals still think it’s acceptable to brawl with others for no other reason than their allegiance to another team.
“We work hard with football clubs across Greater Manchester to ensure that those who are convicted are banned from not only the ground of the team they support, but every single stadium in the UK.
“That is the case with these seven individuals.”