A DRUNKEN Manchester United fan was hit with a fine after trying to kiss a steward when his team took on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Neil Andrew Lawrence was in the away end for the clash on Sunday, August 24, and was clearly drunk, Sunderland magistrates were told.
Police and stadium stewards saw the 57-year-old staggering around just minutes into the second half of the match, and went to approach him.
“He was in the north stand of the ground with the other away fans,” prosecutor David Maddison told the court.
“He was unsteady on his feet and tried to kiss one of the stewards. Officers realised he was drunk and arrested him for that offence. He was then charged with being drunk in a sports ground.”
Lawrence, who pleaded guilty to the offence, has similar convictions for being drunk at sports events stretching back to 2005 and 2008.
He told JPs presiding over his case: “I would just like to apologise for my behaviour.”
Chairman of the bench, Peter Devere, told Lawrence, of Willow Crescent, Chester: “This is the third occasion that this has happened at a sporting event and we were considering a banning order.
“This was not a violent case – from our point of view, we are going to fine you today. But if this happens again, the next bench might well take a different view.”
Lawrence was fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.