Millwall fan from Swanley who broke linesman's flag banned for three years

News Shopper: Ian Wilson with a steward at The Den (pic by Focus Images) Ian Wilson with a steward at The Den (pic by Focus Images)

A MILLWALL fan from Swanley who ran towards the pitch and broke a £400 linesman's flag has been banned from matches for three years.

Ian Wilson, aged 30, from Wisteria Gardens, charged towards the playing area during the Lions' match against high-flying promotion favourites Leicester City on New Year's Day.

The irate fan's actions were sparked after Alan Young failed to award Millwall a corner, in a game they went on to lose 3-1.

Because of the way Wilson was dressed, a steward who saw him coming down the ground's steps assumed he worked at The Den, Bromley Magistrates' Court was told today (January 16), their suspicions only being aroused once he reached the assistant referee.

Prosecutor Colette Hanna explained: "He saw him grab the assistant referee and at this point realised he wasn't a member of staff."

She added: "He grabbed a flag from Mr Young's hand. This caused the flag to break."

The flag was a £400 electronic one and Wilson damaged its clipping mechanism "rendering the flag useless". Afterwards Wilson said that he had not assaulted the linesman but had just taken the flag.

In mitigation, Wilson's solicitor Rhianydd Beard said: "He accepts that he was stupid with his actions and he is very ashamed for his actions. He does have issues with alcohol which he's addressing."

The court was also told the fan, whose partner was in the public gallery, heavily pregnant with Wilson's fifth child, suffers from an impulse control disorder, which he blamed for his crime that day.

She said: "He actually is grateful for the banning order to ensure that this doesn't happen again."

Wilson pleaded guilty to going onto an area adjacent to a playing area and criminal damage.

District Judge Michael Fanning fined Wilson £200 for going into the playing area, along with £400 to cover the cost of the broken flag.

And he issued a three-year order, banning Wilson - whose previous offences include using threatening words and behaviour at Millwall in 2006 - from attending or being in the vicinity of any Millwall games home or away during that time.

Wilson must also surrender his passport if Millwall play abroad during his ban.

Millwall FC are considering whether to take any further action against the fan.

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2:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

He suffers from an "impulse control disorder"!! That takes the biscuit for me. That's even better than these new 'condition's' that naughty children are labelled with as some kind of medical explanation for the fact that they're just naughty!
He suffers from an "impulse control disorder"!! That takes the biscuit for me. That's even better than these new 'condition's' that naughty children are labelled with as some kind of medical explanation for the fact that they're just naughty! PaulErith
  • Score: 19

2:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Holy crap! He needs clock work orange treatmant.
Audous huxley wrote a book about people like him. Drug him up and make him more subdue.
Holy crap! He needs clock work orange treatmant. Audous huxley wrote a book about people like him. Drug him up and make him more subdue. white rabbit9
  • Score: 17

3:30pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Swirling Waters says...

Good old Ian!!!
Good old Ian!!! Swirling Waters
  • Score: -13

3:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

cookster says...

Another poor misunderstood Millwall fan.

With a drink problem.
Another poor misunderstood Millwall fan. With a drink problem. cookster
  • Score: 19

3:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

....and 5 kids !
....and 5 kids ! The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Rich41 says...

You have to look at what made this fan do it,I witnessed this happen and that the linesman was lucky to escape with just a broken flag,
You have to look at what made this fan do it,I witnessed this happen and that the linesman was lucky to escape with just a broken flag, Rich41
  • Score: -16

7:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

handymanchris says...

is just a game........
is just a game........ handymanchris
  • Score: 7

8:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

MissNoNWO says...

£400 for a flag...
£400 for a flag... MissNoNWO
  • Score: 5

2:40am Fri 17 Jan 14

ISaidThis says...

Rich41 wrote:
You have to look at what made this fan do it,I witnessed this happen and that the linesman was lucky to escape with just a broken flag,
An excess of drink and a lack of self control "made this fan do it".
[quote][p][bold]Rich41[/bold] wrote: You have to look at what made this fan do it,I witnessed this happen and that the linesman was lucky to escape with just a broken flag,[/p][/quote]An excess of drink and a lack of self control "made this fan do it". ISaidThis
  • Score: 17

8:38am Fri 17 Jan 14

Citygirl83 says...

MissNoNWO wrote:
£400 for a flag...
Yes £400 pound for a flag because they are electronic and have a sensor which alerts the referee to anything the assistant (not linesman as the newshopper has stated, that’s the incorrect terminology) may have flagged for or to get the referees attention if they have spotted an incident.
[quote][p][bold]MissNoNWO[/bold] wrote: £400 for a flag...[/p][/quote]Yes £400 pound for a flag because they are electronic and have a sensor which alerts the referee to anything the assistant (not linesman as the newshopper has stated, that’s the incorrect terminology) may have flagged for or to get the referees attention if they have spotted an incident. Citygirl83
  • Score: 7

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