Court decides to ban Valletta supporters from Stadium

Friday, May 25, 2012, 15:38

Source report

A group of 31 Valletta supporters were this morning temporarily banned from attending football matches after they admitted to have taken part in a gang activity at the Ta Qali National Stadium during the last game of the league, between Valletta and Hibernians, on May 12.

The 30 men and a 16-year-old girl also admitted they hindered the police in the carrying out of their duty, and jumped over a barrier onto the football pitch.

27 of them were given a four-month ban, effective immediately, and fined €90 each, three committee members who tried to calm the situation were each given a two-month ban and a €90 fine and the 16-year-old girl was conditionally discharged for a year and given a one-month ban.

Lawyer Veronique Dalli, who appeared for all 31 supporters, told Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera that her clients had been provoked by the Hibs supporters, who, on the day, using their bodies to formed the letters FIV, (F’….. il-Valletta) on the Grand Stand.

They also posted on photos of burnt Valletta flags on their Facebook walls and, on the day on the game, hoisted a massive Hibernians flag at the their club and placed an upside-down Valletta flag underneath.

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