After hurling a PIE at rival supporters, a Manchester City fan was dismissed from his work as a cook and banned from football matches.

After throwing a pie into the crowd during a game, a Manchester City fan was fired from his job as a chef and banned from football matches for three years.

During the Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon on March 9, Aaron Johnson, 30, claimed he was hit by the pastry and hurled it back in a “moment of madness.”

Tensions between fans on both sides were high, and missiles were thrown, injuring two City fans. A total of 47 fans were ejected from the game, 100 supporters were denied entry to the Etihad Stadium, and several fans were arrested.

Officers saw a man, later identified as Johnson, launch a number of items at Sporting fans, including a cup containing liquid and a pie, when the final whistle blew, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.

Johnson, a lifelong City supporter from Stockport, admitted to hurling a missile at a spectator area.

He was fined £40 and barred for three years from attending any football matches in the UK or abroad.

As a result of his actions, Johnson has since lost his job as a chef.

Prosecutor Eileen Rogers told the court that after fans were allowed back into stadiums at the end of 2021 following the coronavirus pandemic, there was a “dramatic increase” in violent disorder and anti-social behavior during games. She stated that the issue had been well-documented and widely discussed among Parliamentarians and in the media.

Due to the presence of various supporters, the game was classified as a’medium risk’ to public safety and public order on March 9. Kickoff was at 8 p.m., and police classified the game as a’medium risk’ to public safety and public order. Ms Rogers estimated that over 51,000 people attended, with 13,000 of them being Sporting fans.

“Items were thrown in the lower section of the stadium by both sides, City and the opposing side, and they were observed to be abusive towards each other, and the police had told them to stop,” she said.

Officers had to stand between them and were advised to wear helmets to protect themselves after several items, including coins, were thrown towards the lower divide.

“Two City supporters were hit by missiles, and the North West Ambulance Service treated them.” Tensions were high, and the cops were on the lookout.”

Officers began removing Sporting supporters from the stadium away from City fans in blocks 109 and 110 around 9.50 p.m., at which point Johnson was seen throwing the pie. Ms Rogers said he also threw a cup containing liquid and that it was ‘possible’ he threw other items.

Police cautioned Johnson after observing him throwing an item, to which he responded, “I have thrown a pie and a drink.” He was arrested and handcuffed while continuing to tell officers that he had only thrown a pie and a drink.

The prosecutor went on to say that throwing a missile is likely to cause or contribute to violent disorder and antisocial behavior, as well as fueling ‘ill-feeling’ toward opposing team supporters both during and after the game.

She warned that there was a risk of more violence or an escalation of violence. “Families with young children who want to enjoy the game can also be put in danger,” she added.

In a police interview, Johnson later said that he “understood what he did was dumb” and that he had been a longtime supporter of City. He was said to have never been convicted of anything before.

Nnamdi Inegbu, his defense counsel, said, “This was a one-off, it was a moment of lunacy.” The court heard that Johnson had been a ‘lifelong supporter,’ having attended his first game at the age of two weeks and having a season ticket since he was five years old.

Due to the offenses, he had to give up his season ticket in 2014 and has now lost his job as a chef. During the game, Mr Inegbu stated there was a ‘element of provocation’ on both sides.

“He’ll claim the pie he tossed was a stray object that dropped on him.” He hauled it back after it landed on his face and clothes,” he said.

“He deeply regrets his actions and recognizes that he has disappointed himself, his friend, and Manchester City.” He is disgusted by his actions and can’t believe he put himself in this situation.”

“He understands why the police have a zero tolerance policy for this type of behavior, and he wishes to apologize to Manchester City, the players, the fans, and his friends and family through me.”

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