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Hull KR fans sentenced for causing trouble at Wolves match
7:20am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
TWO Hull KR fans involved in crowd trouble at the Halliwell Jones Stadium that saw missiles hurled onto the pitch could yet continue to watch rugby league, with the club yet to decide how long bans will be imposed for.
On Tuesday a spokesman for Hull KR said bans were likely, although it is not yet clear if they will be permanent.
"It's safe to say bans will be imposed but the stadium manager is speaking to Humberside Police today to decide how long for," the club said.
It leaves open the possibility Wayne Birjoo and Stephen Cooper could be allowed back onto terraces despite both admitting taking part in a fracas during the Warrington Wolves 34-6 home win against Hull KR on July 21.
Bottled and a flare were thrown from the away stand.
Stephen Cooper, aged 20, of Uxbridge Grove, Hull, was sentenced on September 24 at Halton Magistrates Court after admitting to throwing a smoke grenade onto the pitch at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
He also pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour.
Cooper was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work, and told to pay £85 in costs and a £65 victim surcharge.
Birjoo, aged 32, of Soxholm Road, Hull, was sentenced on September 18 for throwing a bottle from the crowd during the same match.
Referee Tim Robyn was hit by a bottle, although the court heard CCTV did not show it was the one thrown by Birjoo.
A charge of assault was dropped and replaced with throwing a missile on or near a pitch.
Birjoo, who takes his child to games, apologised for his actions at Halton Magistrates Court last month.
He was fined £230 and told to pay £85 costs, and a victim surcharge of £25.
Temporary bans were imposed on the pair by officials at Hull KR.
The club said it could not condone the actions of fans during the Super League clash, but that it would wait for court proceedings to conclude before deciding on a final punishment.
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