Chelsea fans fined for celebrating with a flare during Premier League match with Southampton at St Mary's

Daily Echo: VIDEO: The moment of madness when two football fans celebrated goal at Saints match VIDEO: The moment of madness when two football fans celebrated goal at Saints match

IT was the moment of madness when ecstatic football fans wildly celebrated a goal.

A plume of blue smoke erupted in the away end at St Mary’s Stadium, and drifted across hundreds of cheering supporters.

The firework blazed fiercely as stewards swooped on a section of supporters.

Now two Chelsea fans whave been ordered to pay a combined £1,200.

Friends Kieran Allen and Russell Hewes, both from London, were found guilty of possessing a firework at a designated sports ground at a hearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

Allen, 24, of Barmouth Road, and Hewes, 27, of Stroud Road, both denied the charge.

The men travelled to the city from London for New Year’s Day clash between Saints and Chelsea.

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Chelsea fan Kieran Allen

The court was shown CCTV footage of the moment security spotted the flare being held aloft midway through the second half.

It was moments after Fernando Torres fired Chelsea into a 60th minute lead in a match Chelsea won 3-0.

Ground staff said they saw Allen passing it to Hewes who dropped it to the ground seconds afterwards.

In a statement read by prosecutor Owen Holloway, steward Kevin Allen, said how “blue smoke was coming up” as he approached the pair.

Allen denied it was his, telling the confronting steward it had “been thrown”, the court heard.

Daily Echo:

Action from Saints against Chelsea

Both men were eventually arrested and led from the stand.

Mr Holloway said: “It was clearly something that shouldn’t be taken into a football match.”

CCTV pictures showed bright lights burning several rows behind the men, which defence counsel Coles Henry claimed were “firecrackers” lit by another fan.

In mitigation Allen told the court how he felt a “burning sensation” on his foot soon after the goal.

He presumed it had come from behind and picked it up because it was “the safest way of getting it out of people’s faces”.

He denied Mr Holloway’s claims that he had picked it up to celebrate with the other fans.

Hewes, an electrician, told the court how it could have been “dangerous” to stamp out.

He grabbed it from his friend because he was concerned about a nearby child and wanted to hand it to advancing stewards.

He told the court: “The steward grabbed my hand quite tight and I dropped it.”

He claimed he was trying to calm the situation down and protest his innocence.

But magistrate Maurice Ellerker ruled their body language failed to suggest claims they were handing it to stewards He said: “We believe both defendants were celebrating with the flare.”

He added: “This was a momentary lapse of you not engaging your brain.”

Both men were fined £250, and ordered to pay £25 victim surcharge and £325 costs. Magistrates did not impose a football banning order because of the pair’s previous clean record.

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9:20am Sat 26 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake
Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake bigfella777
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9:30am Sat 26 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake
Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake[/p][/quote]Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 3

10:09am Sat 26 Apr 14

sotongirlie says...

No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!!
No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!! sotongirlie
  • Score: 5

10:26am Sat 26 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Fair play to Chelsea for bringing bit of Euro style fun to St Marys, even though we lost was great atmosphere that day and I enjoyed it. As said previously I'm pleased they got fair sentences and not sent to prison for a bit of coloured smoke.
Fair play to Chelsea for bringing bit of Euro style fun to St Marys, even though we lost was great atmosphere that day and I enjoyed it. As said previously I'm pleased they got fair sentences and not sent to prison for a bit of coloured smoke. ToastyTea
  • Score: 5

11:05am Sat 26 Apr 14

itsnotjustice says...

sotongirlie wrote:
No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!!
THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm

as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :)
[quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!![/p][/quote]THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :) itsnotjustice
  • Score: 1

11:14am Sat 26 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake
Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences.
They are banned because everything fun is banned in this country
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake[/p][/quote]Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences.[/p][/quote]They are banned because everything fun is banned in this country bigfella777
  • Score: -2

11:35am Sat 26 Apr 14

mickey01 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake
Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences.
They are banned because everything fun is banned in this country
people wont be happy until we stop celebrating everything . no fireworks even on firework night no loud bangs in the working docks no music at the ageas bowl
what a boring lot we are becombing
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Could you imagine this at a football match somewhere in Europe, it's just smoke for goodness sake[/p][/quote]Yes, smoke, really appreciated by asthma sufferers and other people with breathing difficulties, not to mention the other problems that they can cause. They are banned for good reasons, break the Rules, you pay for the consequences.[/p][/quote]They are banned because everything fun is banned in this country[/p][/quote]people wont be happy until we stop celebrating everything . no fireworks even on firework night no loud bangs in the working docks no music at the ageas bowl what a boring lot we are becombing mickey01
  • Score: 4

12:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

forest hump says...

Simple answer: next time Chelsea come to town, don't allocate tickets. Looking at the footage, pretty much all of the folks around the pair were goading the stewards. Kick the lot out.
Simple answer: next time Chelsea come to town, don't allocate tickets. Looking at the footage, pretty much all of the folks around the pair were goading the stewards. Kick the lot out. forest hump
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Sat 26 Apr 14

sotongirlie says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
sotongirlie wrote:
No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!!
THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm

as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :)
Straight up, no ban in place at the time or coke, gun involved etc. Tackled to the ground by stewards at the Plymouth stadium and got a three year football banning order.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!![/p][/quote]THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :)[/p][/quote]Straight up, no ban in place at the time or coke, gun involved etc. Tackled to the ground by stewards at the Plymouth stadium and got a three year football banning order. sotongirlie
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Sat 26 Apr 14

itsnotjustice says...

sotongirlie wrote:
itsnotjustice wrote:
sotongirlie wrote:
No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!!
THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm

as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :)
Straight up, no ban in place at the time or coke, gun involved etc. Tackled to the ground by stewards at the Plymouth stadium and got a three year football banning order.
daaaam

thats rediculous then
[quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotongirlie[/bold] wrote: No FBO? I know someone who got three years for running on the pitch to celebrate a goal!![/p][/quote]THREE YEARS???? just for running on the pitch????? im sure thats not right..... not unless he had a gun and a kilo of coke in his pocket... unless he had allready been banned for other things and was breaking an order..... hmmmmm as for the chelsea fans, they wont be celebrating anything when they loose to liverpool and then get knocked out the champions league :)[/p][/quote]Straight up, no ban in place at the time or coke, gun involved etc. Tackled to the ground by stewards at the Plymouth stadium and got a three year football banning order.[/p][/quote]daaaam thats rediculous then itsnotjustice
  • Score: 1

5:44pm Sat 26 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

Not sure why this is in News, we expect idiots during football.
Not sure why this is in News, we expect idiots during football. IronLady2010
  • Score: 2

7:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

boilerman says...

How is knowingly taking a banned item, A flare, into the ground with the purpose of lighting it a momentary lapse of not engaging the brain?
Flares are a nuisance and a way of provoking the opposition fans and stewards for a reaction.
How is knowingly taking a banned item, A flare, into the ground with the purpose of lighting it a momentary lapse of not engaging the brain? Flares are a nuisance and a way of provoking the opposition fans and stewards for a reaction. boilerman
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Not sure why this is in News, we expect idiots during football.
I resemble that remark. what do you do for a laugh, oppress the working masses?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Not sure why this is in News, we expect idiots during football.[/p][/quote]I resemble that remark. what do you do for a laugh, oppress the working masses? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Fair play to Chelsea for bringing bit of Euro style fun to St Marys, even though we lost was great atmosphere that day and I enjoyed it. As said previously I'm pleased they got fair sentences and not sent to prison for a bit of coloured smoke.
These two had their Season Tickets taken away, what a waste of money that was.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Fair play to Chelsea for bringing bit of Euro style fun to St Marys, even though we lost was great atmosphere that day and I enjoyed it. As said previously I'm pleased they got fair sentences and not sent to prison for a bit of coloured smoke.[/p][/quote]These two had their Season Tickets taken away, what a waste of money that was. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Todays game was a treat to attend, lots of humour, good football, mostly well behaved fans, there really is no need for the foreign nonsense to be ruining it for the majority.
Todays game was a treat to attend, lots of humour, good football, mostly well behaved fans, there really is no need for the foreign nonsense to be ruining it for the majority. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

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