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Liverpool fans jailed over Hillsborough taunts riot.


A NUMBER of Liverpool fans were jailed yesterday and others banned from Anfield for their part in a match-day riot.

Violence erupted at a Carling Cup clash with Millwall when Liverpool supporters were taunted about the Hillsborough disaster.

Missiles were hurled and seats ripped out when Millwall fans at the London club ground chanted: 'You should have died too.'

Three Liverpool fans were jailed for three months and banned from Anfield for six years for their part in the disturbance.

Two more supporters were barred from entering the ground for three years, although they escaped a prison sentence Three Millwall fans were also jailed and banned.

Judge Alan Hitching said he appreciated that the Liverpool supporters were incensed by the chanting, but added there was no excuse for football violence.

Violence at the New Den on October 26 last year was caught on CCTV cameras.

Footage showed Liverpool fans Gary Ward, James Gallway, Anthony Presance, Mark Jeffrey and James McNally involved in the chaos after fellow supporter James Harrison was chased and punched by Millwall supporters after he broke into their end following the chanting.

Gallway, 27, of Thirlmere Green, Anfield, threw a bottle which hit a police officer's head.

At Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday, Gallway, McNally, 24, of Manningham Road, Anfield, and Presance, 41, of Hawkhurst Close, Dingle, were jailed for three months and banned from Anfield for six years.

Jeffrey, 39, from Bournemouth, was given a three-month curfew order from 7pm to 7am, while Ward, 23, of Rishton Street, Anfield, was given 120 hours community punishment. Both were banned from Anfield for three years.

Henry Gow, defending Gallway and Presance, said the violence was 'First Division' in severity but that the 'provocation was in the Premiership'.

John Upton, defending Jeffrey, said: 'My client was actually at Hillsborough. In some ways, that is still with him.'

Millwall fans Shane Woodbridge, 20, Scott Shepherd, 21, and Michael Nash, 22, were jailed for three months and banned from the New Den for six years.

All eight men admitted threatening behaviour.

Harrison, 19, of Rosalind Way, Kirkdale, had pleaded guilty to affray on February 9. He was given a 240-hour community punishment order
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 14, 2005
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