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Club Statement

24 February 2016

Southend United can confirm that the individual who attacked Colchester United fans during the game at Roots Hall at Saturday February 6th has today pleaded guilty to affray and entering the pitch.

The man in question was issued with a five-year UK Football Banning Order, and was also given an eight-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay £265 in fines when appearing at Southend Magistrates Court this morning.

In light of the sentencing, Chief Executive of Southend United, Steve Kavanagh, would like to make the following statement.

“The club is delighted that with this decision of the courts today.

“A national ban is the best way to deal with these individuals, who have no place at Southend United or the game of football itself.

“The club will now be considering a longer Club ban in addition to that handed down by the Courts.  Roots Hall has an excellent reputation as a family stadium, any act that is not consistent with that will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with in the strongest possible terms.”

The club will be making no further comment on this matter.

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