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Hooligan jailed for Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle violence

Mounted police in Exeter
Image caption Mounted officers were part of the operation in April

A football hooligan has been jailed for 12 weeks for his involvement in violence ahead of a game between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle.

Matthew McGarry, 32, of Alvington Street, Plymouth, was also given a six-year ban from attending matches.

Exeter Magistrates sentenced two other men who were also involved in the violence in the city on 30 April.

One was fined and banned from watching matches for three years and the other received a 12-month community order.

Nicholas Antonelli, 23, from Wardrew Road, Exeter was fined £350.

Andrew Napier, 44, from Western Road, Crediton was given the community order.

Both Antonelli and Napier admitted a public order charge, the court heard.

McGarry had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge of using threatening, abusive or insulting words of behaviour causing fear and unlawful violence.

He had previously been handed a six-year football banning order and had been warned that he would be jailed for any further street violence, the court heard.

On the day of the trouble, police said there were isolated outbreaks of minor disorder but only a handful of arrests.

About 400 officers helped to police the League One derby between the clubs.

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