Leeds United hooligans dragged Derby fan off train to launch brutal assault

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A gang of Leeds fans were handed suspended sentences along with football banning orders after pulling a teenage Derby supporter off a train and battering him.

The incident took place at Midland railway station in Derbyshire in August 2019 when the two sets of fans encountered each other as the Yorkshire mob were making a connection, Derbyshire Live reported.

Leeds had beaten Stoke 3-0 in the Potteries and their supporters got off a train at Derby to change for one back to Yorkshire.

The same day the Rams drew 1-1 at Pride Park in Derby against West Bromwich Albion.

At the station, the gang became incensed when a 19-year-old Derby supporter chanted "where were you at Wembley?" in reference to the play-off semi-final Leeds had lost to then manager Frank Lampard's side three months earlier.

One of them got on the train, pulled the teen from it and the gang then kicked and stamped on him while he was lying curled up in a ball on the ground.

Three of them – Ian Greener, Dean Wilson and Kevin Widdop – two of whom have had football banning orders before were sentenced after each pleading guilty to affray.

Greener is 47 and has sons aged 17 and 22. Widdop, 56, has daughters aged 27 and 21. And Wilson, 37, also has two daughters.

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The court herd that upon seeing the violence, one member of the public was overheard saying 'look at what they are doing, he's only a kid' while a family with a young child were coming down the stairs to the platform and when they saw what was happening went back up the stairs.

Judge Jonathan Bennett said: "Football violence is often people like you, in employment, who for some reason appear to get a thrill or adrenaline rush from fighting other supporters."

All three men were identified from CCTV, questioned and admitted their part on the violence.

Greener, from Wakefield, was jailed for 29 weeks, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry our 120 hours unpaid work. He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay £420 costs.

Widdop, from Castleford, was jailed for 33 weeks, suspended for 18 months and was handed a weekend curfew. He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Wilson, also from Wakefield, was jailed for 33 weeks, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work. He too was fined £500 and was ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

All three men were handed three-year football banning orders restricting where they can go and how far away from grounds where Leeds United and England are playing football matches on that day.

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