Belfast Telegraph

Tottenham pitch invaders get three-year bans

Three men have admitted to a pitch invasion stunt which forced a Tottenham match to be temporarily halted last month.

Nathaniel Thompson (23), Helder Gomes (22) and Daniel Jarvis (26) were arrested after they ran onto the pitch, at separate times, during Spurs' Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade on November 27.

The match had to be suspended shortly before half-time.

Gomes and Thompson were detained by stewards and Jarvis was tackled on the White Hart Lane pitch by a player.

All three men pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to a charge of going on to a playing field without a lawful excuse or authority.

Although they were all wearing BassBuds T-shirts, the court heard the stunt was not sanctioned by the headphone manufacturer.

Rather, defence lawyer Altaf Mohammed said, the trio were handing out headphones to crowds outside the match as part of a promotion. They were given tickets to the game and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to storm the pitch.

He added that all three were "ashamed" of their behaviour.

The men must pay £155 each and are subject to football banning orders for three years, so cannot attend games in England or Wales until 2018.

They can apply to have these orders lifted after two years.

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