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Luton and Millwall FA Cup tie: 'Stand-off' case dismissed

Police escort Millwall fans to the station following the match with Luton Town Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Police escorted Millwall fans to the station following the match with Luton Town

A man accused of public order offences before an FA Cup tie has had his case thrown out after prosecuting lawyers did not offer any evidence.

Liam Jones, 26, of Chapel Street, Luton, had denied public order offences alleged to have taken place before Luton Town faced Millwall on 16 February 2013.

He was also charged with being drunk and disorderly.

The case was dismissed at Bedford Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Eleven other men, aged between 19 and 39, had pleaded guilty to similar offences, which took place on the day of the FA Cup fifth round match at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground, which ended in a 3-0 win for Millwall.

They were sentenced last September with four men jailed for affray and seven others fined for public order and drinking offences.

There had been a short "stand-off" between police and some fans in Dudley Street and Old Bedford Road in Luton before the kick-off, police said.

After the game, a number of incidents took place in the town centre.

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