A FAN who ran onto the pitch at Saints' clash with Chelsea in a bid to snap a selfie has been banned from football matches for three years. 

A court heard how Tyler Reed, 24, intruded onto the pitch during the match on April 9 this year. 

Running to the centre circle, the Chelsea fan then lost his footing as he attempted to take a selfie on Snapchat with Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso.

Reed was grabbed by stewards who hauled him off the pitch to jeers from the home fans. 

Once away from the playing field, police arrested him and took him in for questioning, but he chose to make no comment on the incident. 

Appearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court on Thursday, he pleaded guilty to having entered the field of play during the match. 

Daily Echo: Tyler Reed leaving Southampton Magistrates' Court. Tyler Reed leaving Southampton Magistrates' Court.

The incident occurred in the 54th minute when Chelsea were 6-0 up.

Prosecutor Alun Morgan told the court: "I do seek a football banning order in this particular case. It appears to be an isolated incident."

But Reed said: "It was out of character. I can only apologise. I won't do it again."

The electrician then went on to say that he is starting a new job next week.

Magistrate Nigel Staff handed Reed a football banning order barring him from attending any matches in the UK for the next three years. 


Reed, of Amber Red, Horsey in Somerset, was also made to pay a £480 fine as well as a £48 surcharge. 

The sentence comes just days after a Southampton fan was banned from attending football matches for three years after he threw gum at opposition supporters at St Mary's in March. 

James Durkin, 19, of Cleveland Road, Southampton, committed the offence during a heated period during the Southampton v Newcastle match. 

It came as Hampshire Constabulary's dedicated football officer for Southampton, PC Andy Darbyshire pledged to take action to prevent disorder at football stadiums. 

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