Two Isle football hooligans have been banned from attending matches after they were involved in violence at a Scunthorpe United game.
Darren Mychajiuk, 41, and Lee Rusling, 27, both admitted using threatening words to provoke violence and a public order offence at the Irons’ home game against Swindon Town on April 27.
Mychajiuk, of Margarets Avenue, and Rusling, of Woodgarr Avenue, both Keadby, were handed three year football banning orders at North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court last Wednesday.
They were among 12 men banned from attending football matches for three years after Humberside Police hunted them down as part of Operation Feather.
Another man, Brian Whiteley, 26, of Burghley Road, Scunthorpe, was handed a ten year football banning order and a four month prison sentence. He had pleaded guilty to using threatening words to provoke violence, a public order offence and failure to comply with a football banning order.
Detective Inspector James Fairgrieve, who is leading the operation, said after the case: “The team of officers who have been working on Operation Feather would like to thank the media and members of the public for their assistance in helping us to identify a number of offenders in connection with this operation.
“We do still have a small number of people to identify so please if you know who they are then get in touch.
“The results at North Lincolnshire Magistrates Court show that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and, it sends a clear message to those people who are intent on engaging in this type of behaviour, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”
He continued: “One person, who had breached his football banning order was handed a ten year football banning order.
“This is the longest order that can be handed out for football related offences.
“The same person was also handed a four month custodial sentence.
“A pleasing result for us and for Scunthorpe United Football Club.
“I am continuing to appeal for anyone who can help police identify the four people in the remaining images to call police on 101 and quote the reference given with the image, and to quote log 326 21/06/13 or call Crimestoppers tel 0800 555 111.”
Dave Hall, superintendent for police in North Lincolnshire, said: “Police in North Lincolnshire work in partnership to ensure that those people who go to Glanford Park to watch football do so in a friendly and relaxed environment. The acts of these individuals are in total isolation to the overwhelming majority of people who watch Scunthorpe United.
“We will continue to work with Scunthorpe United Football Club and the Local Safety Advisory Group to ensure that the matches are as safe and enjoyable as possible.
“The start of the 2013/14 season is almost upon us and Operation Feather sends out a clear message to those individuals, that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”