A PROTESTER has been fined and banned from football matches after storming the pitch at a game last month.
Jack Cooper, 21, of Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, has been fined £40 and banned from attending football matches for three years.
The Just Stop Oil protester was handed the verdict after she advanced against Spain in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Euros.
The July 20 protest at the Amex took place early in the second half, with Cooper quickly surrounded by stewards.
At the time, BBC commentator Rachel Finnis-Brown said: “Thankfully it’s the slowest attempt at protest I’ve seen.”
Cooper was wearing a Just Stop Oil T-shirt. The group also demonstrated at the Silverstone circuit during the British Grand Prix last month.
He appeared before Brighton judges yesterday where he admitted breaching Sections 4 and 5 of the Football Offenses Act 1991 at a football match.
But Cooper’s efforts did little to distract the Lionesses as they beat Spain 2-1 to reach the semis.
The national team won the Euros against Germany at Wembley Stadium.
Just Stop Oil campaigns to stop the government from granting new UK fossil fuel development licenses.
The group gained attention after protester Louis McKechnie tied himself to the goal posts at Goodison Park in March, stopping the game between Everton and Newcastle.
Earlier this year, activists taped themselves to public roads and caused disruption to motorists.
Other Sussex members of the group include Catherine Maclean of Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint, who has been charged with aggravated trespassing following an incident at an oil terminal in Thurrock in April.
She was ordered to pay fines and costs of £409 after admitting the offense in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.
Protesters made headlines after they glued themselves to the frame of a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Royal Academy in London on July 5.
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