Football Banning Orders issued to two Wrexham supporters
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Two Wrexham supporters have been issued with lengthy Football Banning Orders following incidents of disorder at matches.
Liam Ganch Nikolic of Bryn Offa, Wrexham received a five-year ban after he was found in possession of a flare at a fixture last season.
The 25-year-old was arrested for carrying the pyrotechnic device at Wrexham’s FA Cup game at Sheffield United in February, 2023.
More recently, 18-year-old Leevie James Edwards of Coed Efa, Wrexham received a three-year banning order for drug offences.
He was found in possession of Class A drugs whilst attending the League Two away fixture against AFC Wimbledon on 12 August, 2023.
Both men will now be prohibited from attending any football matches in the UK for the duration of the orders.
Failure to comply with the FBO could result in a fine or a six-month prison sentence.
Dedicated Football Officer, Dave Evans said: "Incidents of this nature should serve as a reminder that North Wales Police takes a zero-tolerance tolerance approach to any type of matchday disorder.
"The use of flares and other pyrotechnics at football stadia is strictly prohibited. Those who use these devices are endangering themselves and others.
“The length of this ban reflects the severe consequences that will come from causing disruption at games and should act as a deterrent to others.
“Equally, we know that drugs and excess and alcohol continue to be persistent drivers of poor behaviour in football.
“Any supporters found to be in possession of an illegal substances will be dealt with in the strictest terms.”
A Wrexham AFC club statement said: "Once again, these sentences clearly show that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated at Wrexham AFC matches, either at the STōK Cae Ras or away from home, and that there are severe consequences for those who attempt to cause disruption.
“Thank you to North Wales Police for their work on this matter. We will continue to work together to ensure Wrexham AFC matches are a welcoming environment for all.”