Banning orders dished out after violence erupts before Scunthorpe v Doncaster Rovers clash

Eight men have been giving football banning orders and suspened prison sentences after violence erupted before a clash between football rivals Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers.

A total of 29 years of banning orders were handed out to the group of eight who were found guilty of affray following an incident prior to the match in August 2018.

As well as the football bans, seven of the men have received suspended prison sentences – ranging from between 3 and 15 months.

Chief Superintendent Christine Wilson said: “Attending football matches should be an enjoyable time for everyone, and it’s a shame that a small number of people behave like this.

Mallik Wilks opens the scoring for Doncaster Rovers v Scunthorpe in the game that was marred by violence before the match.

“This isn’t the behaviour of a true football supporter and I’m pleased to see the outcome.

"Many hours of time was taken by a dedicated team of police officers and staff to achieve these results today, and I am really proud of them.

“I also want to take this opportunity to remind people that this behaviour will not be tolerated and is not acceptable. The actions taken by the men on this day were dangerous and foolish.

“Our priority is to always ensure the safety of everyone who comes to watch their team play.

“Supporting your local team should be fun and a time you can share with family and friends.”

Police have not made clear if the bans apply to Scunthorpe or Rovers fans, or a mix of both.

The Carabao Cup game saw Rovers defeat Scunthorpe 2-1 at Glanford Park, with Mallik Wilks and Danny Andrew scoring for Rovers while Stephen Humphrys scored a stoppage-time consolation goal.