Football fan's ban for Plymouth Argyle pitch invasion
AN AWAY fan who invaded the pitch during a Plymouth Argyle game has been banned from football matches for three years.
Nicolas Biggs, aged 41, ran from the stands to celebrate with players after Bristol Rovers had just scored a goal at Home Park, city magistrates heard.
Biggs, of Staple Hill, Bristol, admitted going on to the playing area during a football match on September 18.
Magistrates gave him a three-year football banning order which prevents him from going to matches and travelling to towns and cities when Rovers are playing.
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He was fined £200, ordered to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.
Gareth Warden, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said Biggs and another man ran on to the pitch to celebrate with players during the evening game.
He added Rovers had just equalised to make the score 1-1, which was the final score.
Mr Warden said that as stewards tried to detain the pair, other fans tried to pull them away. But the court heard they were arrested with the help of police officers.
Tracey Baker, for Biggs, said he was not trying to cause trouble but just joined the spontaneous celebration with players. She added he was a season ticket holder and had been a Rovers fan since he was a boy.