Ipswich Town: Arsenal fan charged after stand scuffle

An Arsenal fan is to appear in court after being charged following a fight between Gunners’ supporters during Wednesday’s Carling Cup semi-final at Portman Road.

Scott Everid, of Cuffley, Potters Bar, is due before Ipswich magistrates on January 26 charged with threatening behaviour with intent to cause violence, a spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said.

The 27-year-old computer programmer is also accused of obstructing a police officer.

Everid was among five Arsenal supporters arrested on the night.

Despite the arrests, police praised fans for their behaviour overall, especially as 29,000 supporters turned up to see Ipswich’s 1-0 victory.

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Everid and another man, a 28-year-old from London, were arrested following a fracas 15 minutes into the game.

The pair remained in custody overnight and were quizzed by police yesterday. The 28-year-old was released after being told no further action would be taken against him

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Two other Arsenal supporters were charged after being arrested in unconnected incidents.

Gary Cardy, 35, of Bromley, was accused of possessing alcohol at a sporting ground in view of the pitch, while 19-year-old Vincent Payne was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty following an alleged incident near a bar in Princes Street, Ipswich, at 10.45pm.

Both men are due to appear before Ipswich magistrates on January 24.

Meanwhile, a man from Cheshunt received a caution after being arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis near the Arsenal supporters’ section just before the game began.

Given the profile of the game there were around 100 police on duty.

Superintendent David Skevington, the man in charge of the operation, said: “I am pleased with how things went. We spent a significant amount of time planning and preparing for the game. The strategy we had in place went according to plan.

“I would like to thank the people at the game. Most people were really well behaved and were able to enjoy a thrilling sporting event.”

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