A Derby County fan has been handed a football banning order after assaulting a police officer.
Jack Gregory pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer at the Nottingham Forest v Derby County fixture on 25th February at the City Ground.
The female officer that the 25-year-old assaulted suffered serious bruising as a result of the incident.
Gregory, of Lacey Fields Road, Heanor, pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on 3 July, and was handed a three year football banning order, a one year community order, 60 hours of unpaid work and costs of £470.
PC Roger Brown, from Derbyshire Constabulary’s football policing unit, said: “The assault of police officers whilst trying to ensure the safety of fans is completely unacceptable and professionally and personally saddens me.
“While we have a small number of officers who are dedicated to the policing of football matches all other officers are the same men and women who keep Derbyshire safe every other day of the week. Injuries sustained as a result of people like Gregory has an impact on the day-to-day policing of our county.
“Football banning orders are requested as a matter of last resort and only when appropriate.
“I hope the banning orders and other punishments handed Gregory show how seriously these offences are taken and should act as an example to anyone who attends, either home or away, with the intention of causing trouble that their behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Derby County is a brilliantly supported club with fans who are, ordinarily, very well behaved and these two individuals are not typical of the great supporters we engage with every week.”