Foxes 19-year-old fan Cameron Toner has been sentenced to four months after the incident, which occurred during the FA Cup fourth round clash between the two teams
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Leicester City fan Cameron Toner has been sentenced to four months in youth detention after assaulting three Nottingham Forest players during a match at the City Ground.
The 19-year-old from Leicestershire appeared in court on three counts of common assault and entering the pitch during a football match.
He will serve half of his four-month sentence for assault before being released on license, and has also been fined £100 for entering the field during game time. FA Cup match on February 6.
Toner appealed for assault by hitting all three players and entering the play area, Nottingham Post report, and make a statement in court before sentencing.
“I was under the influence of alcohol, started drinking at 11am. I’m not myself,” Toner said, as reported The Athletic.
“I would like to apologize to Nottingham Forest, the players and their supporters. I would also like to apologize to my friends, family and everyone involved with Leicester City.
“It could be the adrenaline that triggered.”
The court also heard statements from Keinan Davis, one of a trio attacked along with teammates Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence as the home players celebrated Joe Worrall’s goal in the first half of the game.
“I remember feeling shocked at what had happened and confused – how could a man be on the field towards the players,” Davis said in his statement.
“I have no long-term injuries but feel shocked and alarmed by the events.”
Leicester City have committed to handing fans a “lifetime ban for all Leicester City matches at home and away” following the incident in the 4-1 defeat that saw the Foxes drop out of the FA. Cup.
“It is a resolute attack on the Forest players and, in my view, a cowardice,” judge Leo Pyle said in a statement to Toner before his four-month sentencing.
Assistant Director Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Policeconfirmed that authorities were working with both clubs to deal with the aftermath of the incident.
“Violence at football matches will not be tolerated. In this case, Leicester City said the individual involved would be banned for life from all Leicester City matches at home and away,” he said.
“I hope the actions taken serve as a warning to anyone else that violent behavior at football matches is taken very seriously and can lead to severe consequences.”
Goals from Philip Zinckernagel, Johnson and Worrall gave Forest a three-goal lead over Leicester, with Kelechi Iheanacho pulling one back before Spence completed scoring and knocked the FA Cup hosts out of the competition.
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