A football fan who slapped a person in the face in a match was banned from attending games for three years.

Bury FC enthusiast Stefan Camps struck Grimsby Town striker Charles Vernam in Gigg Lane on 8 September through a League Two clash.

Camps, 30, had been handed the ban in Manchester Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to attack.

The court heard Camps, of Cuckoo Lane, Bury, struck Vernam once he slid off the pitch after having a tackle.

After the episode Camps casually strolled back to his chair in the South Stand, then the court was told.

However, the slap was followed by Greater Manchester Police later referee Anthony Backhouse included it in his game .

No place for violence

Camps was given a 13-month community order, with a curfew requirement, and has also been barred forever by Bury FC from attending home games.

“Whilst we love that soccer can provoke emotion and passion from fans watching a match, it does not offer you a reason to act appropriately and attack someone else.

“Stefan Camps is a grown man and is ultimately in charge of their activities.

“Those activities currently indicate that he can’t move and watch his own team, or even any other side, personally in the united kingdom for the subsequent few years.”


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