Kent

Goalkeeper jump teenager gets football ban

Joshua Saunders was detained during match on 4 February
Image caption Joshua Saunders admitted running on to the pitch and jumping on Wycombe Wanderers' goalkeeper Jordan Archer

A 17-year-old boy has been banned from football games for five years for running on to the pitch and jumping on a goalkeeper during a Gillingham match.

Joshua Saunders admitted common assault and entering the playing area without lawful authority during the club's game against Wycombe Wanderers in February.

He was given a five-year football banning order and nine-month youth referral order by Medway magistrates.

Saunders jumped on Wycombe player Jordan Archer in the 93rd minute.

'Not tolerated'

He was detained by club officials and then arrested by police.

Archer, who had been preparing to take a goal kick, was not injured during the incident at the League 2 match at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium on 4 February.

Geoff Greensmith, Kent Police's football liaison officer, said: "The judge has sent out a clear message to all football fans that behaviour like this will not be tolerated and has no place in the game of football.

"Instances like this happen very rarely but for those thinking of ruining what is a family-friendly experience for most, the message from Kent Police is that you will be arrested and you will be put before the courts where you could be banned from entering football grounds for several years."

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