Manchester City fan sacked and banned from games for three years after throwing a PIE

Aaron Johnson, 30, said he had been hit by the cake and tossed it back in a “crazy moment”.

A Manchester City fan lost his job as a chef and was banned from football matches for three years after he threw a cake into the crowd during a game.

Aaron Johnson, 30, said he had been hit by the cake and thrown backwards in a “crazy moment” during the Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon on March 9.

Tensions were high between fans on both sides with missiles being fired, injuring two City fans, with some 47 people ejected from the game and 100 supporters denied entry to Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.

As the final whistle blew, officers saw a man, later identified as Johnson, throwing a number of items at Sporting fans, including a cup containing liquid and a cake, Manchester Magistrates Court heard.

Johnson, a lifelong Stockport City fan, pleaded guilty to launching a missile into the spectator area. He was fined £40 and banned from attending football matches in the UK and abroad for three years.

It is unknown if anyone was injured by the flying cake.

Johnson has since lost his job as a chef due to his actions.

Prosecutor Eileen Rogers told the court that after allowing fans to return to stadiums following the coronavirus pandemic in late 2021, there was a “dramatic increase” in violent disorder and antisocial behavior during games.

He said the issue had been widely documented and discussed among various members of Parliament and in the media.

On March 9, the kick-off took place at 8 p.m. and the police classified the game as “medium risk” for public safety and public order due to the presence of several supporters.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus (centre) scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on March 9

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus (centre) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on March 9

Ms Rogers said more than 51,000 supporters attended, 13,000 of whom were Sporting supporters.

“Both sides, City and the opposing side, threw objects at the bottom of the stadium, and they were seen to be abusive towards each other and had been told to stop by the police,” he said.

‘Various items including coins were thrown towards the lower division, officers had to stand between them and were advised to wear helmets for protection.

The North West Ambulance Service treated two City supporters who had been hit by missiles. Tensions were high and the police were on alert.

At around 9:50 p.m., as the game ended, officials began ushering Sporting supporters out of the stadium away from City fans in the 109 and 110 blocks, at which point Johnson was seen throwing the cake.

He also dropped a glass that contained liquid and was “possible” to have dropped other items, Rogers said.

He was warned by police who said he had been observed throwing an object, to which he replied: ‘I have thrown a cake and a drink’.

He was handcuffed and arrested, as he went on to tell officers that he “had just thrown a cake and a drink.”

Johnson has since lost his job as a chef due to his actions.

Johnson has since lost his job as a chef due to his actions.

The prosecutor added that the missile-launching offenses are likely to provoke or contribute to violent disorder and antisocial behavior and fuel “unrest” against supporters of the opposing team both during and after the match.

She said there was a risk of more incidents of violence, or escalation of violence.

“Also families attending with young children who want to enjoy the game may be at risk,” he added.

Johnson later told officers in a police interview that he “knew what he had done was stupid” and had been a lifelong City supporter. It was stated that he had no criminal record.

“It was a unique moment, it was a crazy moment,” said his defense attorney, Nnamdi Inegbu.

Johnson had been a “lifelong supporter,” going to his first game at just two weeks old and holding a season ticket since age five, the court heard.

He had to forfeit his season ticket in 2014 and has since lost his job as a chef due to the infractions. Inegbu said that there was an “element of provocation” on both sides during the game.

He will say that the cake he threw was an object that had fallen on him. She landed on his face and clothes and dragged him backwards,” she said.

“He deeply regrets his actions and acknowledges that he let himself down, he let his friend down and he let Manchester City down.” He can’t believe he put himself in this position and is disgusted with his actions.

“He understands why the police have a zero tolerance approach to this behavior and wishes, through me, to apologize to Manchester City, the players, the fans, their friends and family.”

Manchester Justices of the Peace fined Johnson, of Hanover Towers, £40 and ordered him to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. He was also served with a three-year football ban order.

Conditions of the order include that you must not enter any premises for the purpose of watching a football match, that you must surrender your passport for any match outside the UK and that you must not attend within a one mile radius of any stadium in City. match days within four hours before or four hours after.

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