A BRADFORD district man has been handed a three-year football banning order after assaulting a police officer at a Bradford City away match.

The game in question was the Bantams’ league visit to Leyton Orient’s Breyer Group Stadium on Saturday, August 28.

Samuel Corbett, 23, of Ivy Court, Ilkley, was fined £350 and must pay £200 in courts costs and a £35 victim surcharge after admitting common assault of an emergency worker.


He also pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of cocaine at the match. This landed him a £100 fine.

The ban forbids Corbett from going to watch any football match in the UK.

Corbett cannot be within three miles of Valley Parade three hours before kick-off and two hours after the final whistle on a matchday. He must also not be within half a mile of any Bradford train station within that period.

He appeared at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 11.

  • At the time of the match, the T&A reported on the ugly scenes at the front of the away section following the home side’s first goal in their 2-0 win. Stewards were seen ejecting fans after the trouble came as Orient striker Harry Smith picked up and flicked a lighter that had been thrown onto the pitch.