Woman banned from football after headbutt attack

Jon Candy

A woman from Bala who headbutted a steward before a Wales international has been banned from going to football matches for three years.

Lois Griffiths (41) admitted the assault at the Cardiff City Stadium before the Nations League match between Wales and Denmark on 16th November.

Cardiff magistrates heard Griffiths had been drinking all day long in the city centre – she was frustrated at the time it took to enter the stadium. She became abusive and hit out at a steward, who suffered a cut to his nose and bruising to his eyes.

Police arrested Griffiths and took her to a station in Cardiff Bay – a PC said when she sobered up, she was ”mortified by her behaviour”.

Griffiths was told to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within a year and pay a total of £170 in costs. She must also hand over her passport before Wales play games abroad.

PC Christian Evans from South Wales Police said: ”The overwhelming majority of Welsh fans are well-behaved and passionate about their team. However, as this case shows, whenever there is evidence of football-related disorder or violence, we always pursue those responsible in order that appropriate action is taken.”

Griffiths’ three-year ban includes every football match held in the UK.

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