A SAINTS fan who hurled abuse at rival fans, before headbutting one and smashing a glass bottle over the head of another, has appeared in court.

Jack Jameson shouted abuse at the group of Bournemouth supporters at Clapham Junction Station.

A few of the fans attempted to speak with Jameson, but the 25-year-old, of English Road, Southampton, lashed out at them, headbutting one of them in the face.

Two Cherries fans - Harry Grant and Keiran Stephens - then retaliated and a fight erupted.

Jameson is said to have hit Stephens, 24, with a glass bottle he had been holding.

The two Bournemouth fans then repeatedly punched Jameson.

All three pleaded guilty to affray following the incident on March 31, 2018.

They had been passing through Clapham having been to separate football matches in London that day: West Ham v Southampton and Watford v Bournemouth.

They were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court.

Jameson was sentenced to ten months imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

He must complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge of £140 and £85 in costs. He was also issued with a five-year football banning order.

Grant, 22, and of Warwick Road, Bournemouth, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

He must complete 120 hours of community work and pay a £140 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

Meanwhile, Stephens, of Derryvode, Ireland, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

He was handed a prohibited activity requirement restricting him from entering the UK for more than seven consecutive days on a rolling four weekly period in the next 12 months.

He is also required to pay a £750 fine, £140 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

Police Constable, Roisin Harris, said: “The actions of these three men show utter disregard for the rest of the travelling public, particularly families with children, as they incited violence within an extremely busy railway station.

“Football-related violence will not be tolerated anywhere across the network and I would like to thank the courts for convicting the three men. I hope it makes them think twice about engaging in violent behaviour in the future.

“If anyone ever experiences behaviour of this nature while travelling they can us text us discretely on 61016, or call 999 in an emergency.”